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MUSIC: No stumbles at Borrell and band's Razorsharp show; RAZORLIGHT Carling Academy, Glasgow, March 16.

Byline: BEN SPENCER

Razorlight is the perfect name for these London rockers who boast cutting guitar riffs and a sharp light show.

A packed Carling Academy watched a giant timer tick down until the arrival of the band.

The lights dimmed and the band came out on to a stage made up to look like someone's front room, complete with sofa, windows and plants.

They lived up to their hype with opener Stumble And Fall.

The band snarled through their hit with front man Johnny Borrell screaming out his lyrics.

He started the show looking like a young Bob Dylan in a long suit jacked, shirt and tie.

But by the time they had launched into Which Way Is Out, he was acting much more like Mick Jagger.

The track is based on a strutting base line the Stones would be proud of, while Borrell sat on the speaker to deliver his lyrics.

Vice, the band's third single, took the gig up another notch.

With its cynical chorus of 'Love, I'll see you later' it starts slowly before reaching a roaring finish.

Golden Touch is probably their biggest hit and was given a surprisingly restrained performace. Its stadium-style drumming didn't disappoint the crowd as the stage was bathed in a golden light.

With the temperature soaring, Borrell ended up topless.

When one fan threw a bra on stage the frontman decided to read out its size.

Much of Razorlight's material relied upon hard-hitting rock riffs, but they never risked outstaying their welcome.

Razorlight come across as being self aware without having to be intentionally ironic.

In The City, their last song before the encore, was an epic track which was repeatedly stripped down before being built up.

Even towards the end of the set, the line 'looking for you' in the chorus was full of emotion, before they left the stage Borrell returned to the stage alone for the first encore song, Fall Fall Fall, making the lyric 'stay with me' seem heartfelt rather than cheesy.

The rest of the band appeared to finish off the set with another shot at Stumble And Fall.

Like a bunch of kids not wanting to leave the stage, they seemed reluctant to end but finally rounded off a set that had been put together with all the thought and attention of an album.

Razorlight are from the same area of London that spawned the Libertines and Pete Doherty.

It was refreshing to see this band are earning headlines for their music rather than who they are dating.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 20, 2005
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