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Review: 'MOMO'
'London, Roxy Bar & Screen, 12th June 2007'   

-  Genre: 'Ambient'

Our Rating:
I didn't quite know what to expect for the live launch of Momo's album 'Unharmed'. The invitation described the evening as 'a night of music, visuals and poetry', quite different to most of the grotty indie gigs I get invited along to.

When I arrived I was surprised to find the event just starting, almost exactly on time! A great start for any gig. Hosted in the gorgeous surroundings of the Roxy Bar and Screen, it made a difference to be able to sit down and sip a cocktail- rather than having my beer spilt all over me by the person jumping around in front of me!

Toni Castells delivered his album using a strong quartet and the four singers that feature on the album. These were aided by serene images shown on a large screen, and various bits of being poetry being read out between songs.

Each song was delivered beautifully, completely hypnotising me and the rest of the audience. Haunting vocals and stunning melodies literally made the performances fly by. Each song more distinguishable than they come across on the album, and far more captivating.

The only real downsides to the evening were the over use of poetry, which at times seemed amateurish and unneccessary. Also, everyone in the building seemed to be from a modelling agency. The singers, musicians and a great deal of the people watching, which unfortunately gave the night a pretentious edge.
  author: KellyD

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