New Release: Emili Sande - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Can't blame a girl for trying.
She topped the album charts for the year, did the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and her singles have been riding high in the charts for weeks on end, as recently as this week, her latest single 'Clown' has entered the top five. There would be those who wouldn't want to tempt fate and not milk any more of their current material but Sande has this week released 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall', a recording of her concert from last year. Packaged together in a casebound book, it's a premium release that a CD and a DVD packed full of pretty much everything the Scottish singer has ever written, this one is probably for Sande fans only.
The concert itself received mixed reviews with the general consensus being that whilst Sande's voice shone in the Albert Hall, she has got a bit of an over reliance on ballads and just a quick look at the track listing will confirm that with a great portion devoted to the slower songs, which when used sparingly can be the highlights of a live show, but when an artist begins to churn them out in immediate succession, they can be a bit of a bore.
The DVD has the extra content, there's a few bonus tracks as-well as all the major hits that have made their way onto the CD, the concert also features guest performances from Professor Green who turns up for 'Read all About It Pt. III' and Labyrinth turns in 'Beneath You're Beautiful'. It's all stuff that Sande fans will lap up but despite her global exposure over the past 12 months and the huge success of her album, it's hard to see where she will be able to go from here. Adele shot to superstardom with her second album and she did it all without the help of the Olympics, we'll have to wait and see as to whether or not Sande has enough about her to break into the American market.
Sande looks sure to finish off her remarkable 12 months in style at the Brits this week when she is one of the favourites to take home the Best British Female award - she'll have to go some if she's going to eclipse her debut album's success.
Emili Sande Live at the Royal Albert Hall is available now.