Review: Tom Odell – The Telegraph Building, Belfast
Set to release his third album Jubilee Road later this month, Ivor Novello and Brit Award winner, Tom Odell played to a packed out crowd in Belfast’s latest gig hotspot, The Telegraph Building.
Back on Irish soil for the first time in two years, having played to a sold out Limelight on his Wrong Crowd tour, Odell takes to the stage, opening with ‘Jubilee Road’ taken from his new album. Screaming fans fill the air as Tom stands up from the piano to clap us into the ever popular ‘I Know’ and the screams turn into a sing-a-long.
‘Till I Lost’ follows, before Tom addresses the crowd with “How you doin’ Belfast? It’s really, really, really great to be back, thanks so much for coming out this evening” (I get the impression he likes Belfast as much as we like him!)
Not shy of playing the hits that got him where he is today, ‘Supposed To Be’ is next before a rousing rendition of crowd favourite ‘Sparrow’. With that stereotypical British charm he tells us that the next song is “about love.. unsurprisingly” before playing ‘If You Wanna Love Somebody‘, another track off the new album.
If there’s one thing to be sure of, it’s that Tom Odell knows how to write about love. You only have to take a quick glance around to see he’s tugged on the heartstrings of the hundreds of couples in the room – PDA everywhere.
‘Wrong Crowd’ and ‘Constellations’ follow, a song about when you want to tell that special someone, “Everything might be shit but I think from now on it might be okay” – a quote met by more screams from the mesmerised crowd. ‘Can’t Pretend’ is next before he switches it up by playing a brand new track ‘Son of an Only Child’.
The atmosphere in the room is incredible as Tom plays us an energetic rendition of fan favourite ‘Hold Me’. He asks us if we’re “hanging in there?” before going into ‘Entertainment’, “I sing, I dance and boy I entertain you” he swoons to the enchanted audience.. and that he certainly does.
Amongst the a screams of “We love you Tom!” there’s a “Up the pastie baps, yeo!”, but it wouldn’t be a Belfast gig without at least one eejit would it? The crowd go wild for ‘Another Love’ before the lights dim and Tom and his band leave the stage to a sea of cheers before stepping back out for an encore.
We’re treated to a passionate rendition of ‘Concrete’, it’s beautiful and the crowd are hanging onto Tom’s every word. The show closes with the always exhilarating ‘Magnetised’ and the guys leave the stage for the final time.
With a solid setlist of songs both old and new, it’s clear to see that Tom Odell is back with more confidence and showmanship than ever before. If you’ve ever thought of him as ‘just a posh fella at a piano’, do yourself a favour and get tickets to a live performance because he is so much more than that. You will not be disappointed.
Jubilee Road is out on October 26th on Columbia Records.