As I mentioned elsewhere, tonight I went to see Faithless live in concert. You’ve probably heard all the hype about them being one of the best live acts around, and have to report; they are fucking amazing!
Its been a long while since I saw any live act, I believe the last time was GLC around a year ago. They were good, but lacked flair and originality; their live stuff just sounded almost exactly as if it was lifeted from their albums. With Faithless however, it’s a completely different game.
They really know how to build up an atmostphere. Even though I sat far away, I could feel the passion injected into their music by Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss. I love how they unpredictably extend sections of their performances to create more tension, which results in a very big sense of relief as it’s resolved. Old tricks I know, but executed to perfection.
They started off with the timeless Insomnia, and then followed with God Is A DJ, two of their greatest hits (it is the Greatest Hits Tour afterall). It was capped off with We Come 1, possibly the best live record around; it was absolutely fantastic and the audience loved it. Unfortunately, there were a couple records they didn’t play that I wanted to hear, namely Giving Myself Away and One Step Too Far, which featured Dido. They did play Machines R Us in the encore; the live version is fantastic!
If you ever get a chance to see them, I highly recommended it. The ticket only cost Â£27.50, a bargain considering you are getting one of the best live performers around at the moment.
Note: I’ve uploaded a photoset of the concert, but they’re pretty bad as I had to take them from the back of the arena.