Review: Tame Impala @ Alexandra Palace for BBMLIVE

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Aussie psychedelic rocker tears up Alexandra Palace

http://www.bbmlive.com/tame-impalas-kevin-parker-tears-up-alexandra-palace/

Kevin Parker is well known for putting on a show and letting loose on stage, his second night at the enormous Alexandra Palace epitomizes him as a performer and confirmed his status as an ‘arena artist’. Starting the show in typical carnival like fashion with a trippy psychedelic backdrop and a shower of confetti lighting up the historic London venue, from the first song you felt like the atmosphere was going to be special, and that feeling remained through out the evening.

 

With his new album ‘Currents’ Parker has managed to break into the arena filling status so many artist aspire to, with songs like ‘The Less I know the Better’ and ‘The Moment’ being as popular as they now are, it is no wonder the full house in Alexandra Palace were so hung on Parker’s every word. Every note Parker sung echoed throughout the venue with a crystal clear sound and was kept company by the sound of the adoring fans own rendition of Tame Impala’s songs. Despite the sense of utter carnage the Perth rocker created, he also controlled the tempo excellently, effortlessly changing to play softer numbers like ‘Yes I’m Changing’ and ‘Eventually’. These romantic sing-alongs had every member of the audience completely hypnotized by Parkers stories of growing up and not knowing how to deal with it.

 

The way Tame Impala had complete control of Alexandra Palace this evening was astonishing, filling the venue with lights, lasers and also old classics like ‘Elephant’ and ‘Feels like We Only Go Backwards’. For an artist whose known to be a perfectionist in his song writing and music videos it did not surprise me to see this much effort put into the visual effects of the show. Tame Impala has answered any questions that there might have been about him headlining arena shows, confidently asserting himself on that stage while making us fall in love with his every word at the same time. If Tame Impala can tame Ally Pally there’s no reason they cant do it in arenas all over the world.

Setlist:

  1. Intro
  2. Let It Happen
  3. Mind Mischief
  4. Why Wont They Talk To Me?
  5. It Is Not Meant To Be
  6. The Moment
  7. Elephant
  8. Yes I’m Changing
  9. The Less I know the Better
  10. Eventually
  11. Alter Ego
  12. Oscilly
  13. Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind?
  14. Apocalypse Dream
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