Shes great, but... from Zippy, 02/12/13
Im fairly new to Joanne Shaw Taylor... listened to her albums a few time, thought they were pretty good but just a tiny tad lackluster. Saw the gig advertised and thought bet shes good live though... as is so often the case with good blues performers.
Along with her band, she delivered a solid, powerful and polished performance, and was clearly enjoying what she does. Yet for some reason I came away slightly underwhelmed by the whole experience. For some inexplicable reason, there were a few rows of seats at the front - for an event where people should have been up & dancing/moshing. Indeed, the dancing was something the support act (King King, who were very good) achieved, yet JST didnt.
Perhaps the support were too similar in genre.
Perhaps the lack of power in the vocals was down to the mix.
Perhaps she didnt quite engage the audience enough.
Perhaps (having recently seen some exceptional artists like Beth Hart, Martin Harley, BRMC, RUSH, Robyn Hitchcock, Shpongle, and few others) I have very high expectations. Perhaps there was a lack of dynamic, Perhaps...
But after a few songs I found the twiddly, twiddly guitar solos rather predictable - JST, youre very talented and I would love to be able to play as well as you do, but do please remember that your guitars have ~24 frets to them, a solo doesnt HAVE to all be up at the top end. As my guitar tutor keeps telling me, soloing is about the quality of the notes, not the quantity.
Dont get me wrong - shes good. Very good, and some of here slower blues numbers were great. She deserves a following, and I hope she does well. But sadly, overall, it didnt quite do it for me