Sophie Hunger

Pop and rock

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Various venues

Until Thu Dec 12 2013

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N Newton

Sophie Hunger, and band, are totally authentic, earnest, passionate, lively and powerful. This is not to say we didn't also experience her warm, dry humour. But what Sophie brings onto the stage is absolute professionalism. Her craft, originality and technical skill as a singer songwriter is second to none. The songs are rich in melodic innovation; lyrically she creates imagery resembling metaphysical poetry, infused with sharp observation. She challenges our perspectives, opens to us the ways she see relationships, drops us into the icy waters of contradictory modern lives. And everything you could hear on a CD is magnified and extended in live performance. She allows each band member to demonstrate their expertise, freeing them in the dizzy wonder of jazz-like improvisation. We've been treated to nerve tingling drumming, spirit stretching vioncello, mind wandering trumpet, emotion frying electric guitar, fairground racing piano and I could go on! Sophie brings out the best in her superb band members, she revels in their playing and we sense the power real artists can create. And after songs in French, English, German, Swiss German, crossing genre, breaking stale expectations - singing harmony with the band, then ranking up the noise volume - she pulls the plug, sits with acoustic guitar on the edge of the stage and sings to us. It's beautiful. Don't miss her next time.