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Brooke Fraser - Gig Review: Brooke Fraser @ Wellington Opera House - 26/06/2015

27 Jun 2015 // A review by Tony McDonald

There was certainly something in the water at the Wellington opera house on a cold winters tonight. Could Brooke Fraser warm up the packed crowd? I was five rows from the front, surrounded by a really mixed crowd; young, old, male, female. I don't know what I was expecting, but that wasn't it. As dry ice descended from a black lifeless stage the crowd cheered. On walked the keyboard player Max followed by the heavily pregnant Brooke Fraser. Apart from two blue lasers at the back of the stage there wasn’t anything else except black. For a lively dance artist I expected something more.

Brooke opened with a great voice, however she kept tapping on a keyboard. It looked fake and appeared to not coincide with anything, all for show perhaps?

Brooke had a cup of tea on stage and was obviously very proud of the fact that she was going to give birth in a few weeks. She was also very proud to be back in New Zealand and thanked the audience on several occasions. She even invited the audience up to dance at the front whether the Opera House wanted this or not, a brave move. This vastly improved the stagnant atmosphere.

Personally Brooke needed a backing band and the basic backing track karaoke session just didn’t work. Even the seated audience added to the mundane affair and some backing vocals were pre-recorded. Overall it felt like a bit of a rip off.

Having said all of that she seemed like a wonderful lady, entertaining and funny at times with a great voice. Die-hard fans I'm sure loved it, for everyone else, I'm not so sure.

The very 80s disco demanded the obligatory on the beat clapping that always ends in disaster, thankfully it didn’t happen.

When the acoustic guitar came out half way through the set, at least it sounded real.

Overall, very unimpressed and not what I expected from a successful performer of this calibre.

 

About Brooke Fraser

Years on from the world’s first introduction to Brooke Fraser, she continues to remain one of the top selling artists in New Zealand, with combined career album sales in New Zealand over 225,000 albums, and one of the country’s stellar musical exports with international sales close to half a million albums.

She established herself on the world stage with hit singles Albertine, Shadowfeet and Something In The Water, the latter a huge hit across radio airwaves throughout Europe, America, the UK & Australasia.

Brooke Fraser was still a teenager in New Zealand when her music career first took flight. Her 2003 debut album What To Do With Daylight was an eight-times platinum success story in her native New Zealand that earned Brooke her first pair of New Zealand Music Tui Awards. She toured Australasia with artists like John Mayer and David Bowie.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Brooke Fraser

Releases

A Sides
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Brutal Romantic
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Flags
Year: 2010
Type: Album
Albertine
Year: 2006
Type: Album
What To Do With Daylight
Year: 2003
Type: Album

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