Friday, 7 May 2010
Hold Your Cupcakes! - Switzerland
WWFM has a tender start but because we can't see him, it's easier to notice that there's plenty of light and shade. I really love his use of vibrato in the softer notes for a very pretty rendition. When I heard the first note being hummed in Sleepwalker, I thought someone had added a fiddle to the arrangement, only to realise it was Adam's voice. It still astonishes me the range of sounds he can make. This is a flawless vocal that really turns into a free-flow riffing masterclass as soon as he hits the climax and belts out 'You're everything that I want'. The subsequent vocal guitar solo induces goosebumps and I'm stunned all over again at the magnitude of Adam's talent as he lets rip with that staggering, powerful, resonant, gritty and awe-inspiring voice of his.
The charming banter with the sweet Swiss audience - who came prepared with gifts - is heartwarming as Adam bounces into the fun stomping vibe of Music Again. The instrumental arrangement of Broken Open sounds quite different to most previous versions, being guitar rather than piano-centric. It's still quite different from the Stockholm guitar version as there's less strumming for a smoother flow. Mad World is kept freshly jazzed up and has shades of the River Rock performance with the aggressive freestyling at the end. Watch out for that breathtakingly long glory note.
I've been to a glitzy and slick production but I have to make it my mission to see an acoustic set from Adam next. Seeing him jam it out freestyle seems like an experience not to be missed. Adam may have received cupcakes, but it was the lucky fans in Zurich who got the real treat.