This is perhaps a difficult review to write; I had such high hopes for this show but left ultimately feeling quite disappointed. A huge fan of the self titled album, I was very excited to finally hear the songs from it live. I can’t fault Beatrice’s piano or vocal performance, and her guitarist/violinist provided stellar accompaniment- but something felt very disconnected. Perhaps it was quite simply just lost in translation.
The Luminaire was busier than I had ever seen it, with people pouring in as soon as the doors opened. It’s hard to gauge the real following Coeur De Pirate has over here in the UK, because literally something like 80% of the audience were French. Understandably, Coeur De Pirate is a huge success in France and has clearly built up a pretty devoted fan-base. It’s not hard to see why they adore her, she is very talented and has crafted a brilliant album- but they were treating her like she was Madonna or something. The reception was insane; the flashes from dozens of point and shoot cameras and snaps of mobile phones was really quite impressive. But it just went on and on… and, even as a fan, it all felt very over the top and a bit unfounded. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to pretty conservative shows at the Luminaire, but it was quite overwhelming and left me feeling quite confused and alienated. All the gushing worship from her fans almost made me feel a bit like the kid in the corner at a party- I just did not get it, and so it all felt quite hollow.
Talking with my friends afterwards they felt the same, and I wondered if it was because I could not understand the banter or the lyrics -like when a joke is told and everyone laughs but you don’t get it, but it was simply because I don’t speak French. But, having gone to another French show tonight (Emily Loizeau at the Bush Hall) I can say it has nothing to do with the language because I didn’t feel that way at all tonight.
I don’t intend to sound harsh or to make it seem like Beatrice does not deserve these adoring fans, but for her first UK show it just seemed quite disjointed. And I most certainly don’t deny that she’s got alot of talent, but I felt the show lacked alot of charm. Maybe it would have been different with a different crowd. It all felt very bizarre and off, and I did not appreciate the rude chatter through The Mariner’s Childrens’ set, or the girl who decided to walk across the stage while they played because she was too lazy to walk round- especially when the Luminaire is all about shutting up while bands play. I hate to be such a critic, I wanted so much to love this show, but I just did not enjoy it and I didn’t feel anything. Just the type of person I am, it makes me feel guilty to not like something, but I’m also not really a fan of lying- and this is just how I felt.
To end on a much cheerier note- The Mariner’s Children were very good this particular evening. It was the fourth time I’ve seen them and I enjoyed it the most, Back I Beat The Waves and Waltz For A Sleeping Lover are two beautiful songs worth having a listen to, here is their Myspace.