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Review: RAZORLIGHT Liverpool Philharmonic, Saturday.

Byline: by Greg O'Keeffe

ODDLY, it's been four years since Razorlight last performed in Liverpool.

Indeed, the fans who helped Johnny Borrell and Co become one of the nation's best-selling rock bands only really had the BBC and their Electric Proms series to thank for getting the Londoners to drive the extra half hour from Manchester.

Here they took to a Philharmonic stage artfully arranged to resemble a living room - maybe in order to reflect the Electric Proms' ethos of bands offering something a bit different.

That 'difference' began bafflingly with an unexplained brief solo performance from a man (who may well have just walked in off the street) in a long jacket and flat cap playing a mandolin.

This slightly surreal cameo at least heightened expectation for the group, who came on and launched into early single Golden Touch with instant vigour.

Borrell was undaunted by the rows of empty seats; an up-tempo Somewhere Else, complete with bouncing piano, had many on their feet.

And when the 'living room' was spectacularly split to reveal some big stadium video screens, the pace didn't let up.

Melancholic chart topper America was offered with typical finesse.

Vice and In The Morning underlined how canny the four-piece are at knocking out hits and why it's a shame they don't play Liverpool more often.

The set lasted barely over an hour. It's perhaps arguable whether that's fair-game for pounds 25 a ticket.

7/10 - Short and sweet


UNDAUNTED: Frontman Johnny Borrell
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2008
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