Razorlight are on top form on Saturday at T in the Park

T in the Park 2009 review

published: Wed 15th Jul 2009

Razorlight

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July 2009
Balado, nr Kinross. Scotland, KY13 0NJ, Scotland MAP
weekend £170 - SOLD OUT, day tickets Friday £60, and Saturday or Sunday £72.50
daily capacity: 80000
last updated: Mon 6th Jul 2009

Perceived by some as a self-important narcissist, Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell allows his band to take to The Main Stage and delays his own entrance by a good minute, lapping up the acclaim.

Razorlight
They sweep straight into the thundering toms of 'Back To The Start', with new drummer, the American David Sullivan-Kaplan, staying true to the distinct and full style that his predecessor Andy Burrows used to such great effect on their first album 'Up All Night' back in 2004.

'Keep The Right Profile' is dealt with in similarly urgent fashion and Borrell tears through the chorus, howling the line "It's a wonderful life" over and over.

The Blondie-like bassline of 'In The Morning' bursts into a grand, anthemic wonder before a perfect run-through of the galloping 'Stumble And Fall' replete with those thundering drums fills.

The tempo is briefly slipped down a notch for the Kinksy 'North London Trash', Borrell demonstrating the surprisingly varied and powerful vocal range he possesses to perform the song with a snarling, bluesy feel.

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The excellent, bittersweet 'Golden Touch' is broken down halfway through, then built to a towering finish before the disbelieving, regretful plea for answers from a lost love of 'Fall To PiecesÂ’'ushers in another gentle, touching moment.

They rip through more material from the first album, in the shape of 'In the City', 'Vice', and 'Don't Go Back To Dalston' and they look like a band invigorated, hungry and on top form.

'Somewhere Else' builds to a glorious, pompous conclusion with it's pleading, desperate chorus finding plenty of sympathy with a, by now large, crowd, and Razorlight depart, presumably satisfied with a job very well done.
review by: Gary Walker

photos by: Steve Palmer

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July 2009
Balado, nr Kinross. Scotland, KY13 0NJ, Scotland MAP
weekend £170 - SOLD OUT, day tickets Friday £60, and Saturday or Sunday £72.50
daily capacity: 80000
last updated: Mon 6th Jul 2009


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