The Blossoms’ thankless mission at MEO Kalorama: the English band saw it but didn’t catch it


There are concerts like this, where everything seems to be in its place: capable band (and numerous: with extra percussions), communicative and expressive vocalist, rounded songs and the occasional chorus capable of succeeding. However, in the third concert in Portugal (the two previous ones at NOS Alive 2017 and 18), the British Blossoms were still unable to shed their generic band outfit that serves to pave the way for a bigger, more awaited one, with a more charismatic vocalist, songs with more angles and another temperance and a handful of choruses capable of lighting up the crowd. In other words, the Blossoms are a sympathetic and competent opening act for – in the case of the night in question – the Arctic Monkeys, their most famous compatriots.

We are in a permanently pop film that mixes influences from Prefab Sprout, visible in the opening with ‘I Can’t Stand It’, a certain ‘tropicalism’ from the Talking Heads, the white collar pop of the 80s, and even guitars in the enclave between the indie and English mainstream of the same decade, somewhere between Housemartins and Waterboys. A show in which the relationship with the public seems to be mediated by a contract proposal: the band assumes ‘uncoolness’ and tries to get them to accept it as such; the public, wisely, does not antagonize her. It would, of course, help if the Blossoms’ music was better known around here, but none of the group’s four albums made a dent beyond the British bubble.

Therefore, respect remains: nothing we hear is pointless, just something inert, being necessary to resort to “another band from Sheffield” other than the Arctic Monkeys to warm up the audience – in this case in the form of a version of ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by the Human League. If, in the heat of the afternoon, Legendary Tigerman took love and set it on fire, the Blossoms put two ice cubes in their nightly cocktail.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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