Alex Lloyd, Maisie B @ The Gov, Adelaide 29/1/2023

A touch of 90s and 00s nostalgia enveloped The Gov on Sunday night as Alex Lloyd presented his Live & Amazing tour.

Adelaide-based acoustic singer-songwriter Maisie B opened the night’s entertainment with a tranquil set. The indie pop musician shared catchy riffs and wholesome vibes in her short performance. Celebrating songs from The Three Sugars EP (2021) plus others, she stunned with her dreamy melodies and tremendous talent.

The normally standing-room-only and raucous Gov dance floor was set up with tables for dinner. Once the live music commenced, they remained. Perhaps this was to accommodate the audience demographic and it being a lazy Sunday? Then again, Lloyd himself remained seated for all but two songs. In hindsight, it can be considered a power move on the venue’s part. The arrangement complemented the artist and likely appeased the majority of the crowd.

Regardless of the relaxed nature of the event, people were excited. Incredibly thrilled, in fact.

With multi-instrumentalist Sallianna Seven Campbell on keys, the ARIA award winner launched into Everybody’s Laughing, Green, Never Meant to Fail and Beautiful. From the onset, Lloyd’s vocals were exceptional.

From this point, Campbell dispensed the keys and instead opted for the violin. This generated a show highlight in Black the Sun with a hauntingly stunning composition bringing new life to the classic.

Bus Ride followed before Lloyd called for requests. The volume of suggestions resulted in a stellar Gender/ My Way Home/ Downtown/ What a Year mash-up much to the crowd’s delight. Easy Exit Station and My Friend closed out the main set.
After a fifteen-minute break and costume change, Lloyd and Campbell returned for a five-song encore/ part two.

Slow Train and Coming Home had everyone singing along. However, they were simply a warm-up for the final three juggernauts. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) generated a standing ovation. Amazing actually had people standing up and dancing. While Better Be Home Soon (Crowded House) was the ultimate pub choir experience.

Curiously, Lloyd opted not to include any new songs in the set list. While many would have appreciated this gesture and enjoyed celebrating an impressive back catalogue, it was a missed opportunity. His newer songs, especially House of Dreams (2022), are equally as good as his past discography.

Nevertheless, he demonstrated that after nearly thirty years in the music industry, he’s still got it and is abundantly capable of showing it on stage.

Live Review By Anita Kertes

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