Lisa Stansfield. Review. Guildford G Live ****

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Lisa Stansfield

Guildford G Live


Soul sensation Lisa Stansfield gave a flawless and energetic show at Guildford’s G Live. She is on the road to promote her latest album, four years after Seven, arguably her finest. The support act was the talented Israeli chanteuse Irit Dekel who was very well received by the audience.

Backed by an impressive 9-piece band of drums, percussion, bass, guitar, sax, trumpet, two keyboards and a backing vocalist, Stansfield began with two new tracks, Everything and Deeper.

In a 20-track set lasting almost two hours Stansfield performed songs old, new, borrowed and blue. Tracks from the new album, Deeper, were balanced by the classics which the audience had come to hear.

Soon came one of those, Never, Never Gonna Give You Up. If anyone is qualified to cover a Barry White tune it’s Stansfield, who re-recorded her superhit All Around the World as a duet with White in 1992 as a charity track.

Hole in My Heart showcased Stansfield’s sensual voice. Stansfield prowls the stage like a tiger, teeth gleaming, gliding from one side of the stage to the other.

A flurry of hits brought a party atmosphere and the normally conservative G Live audience was standing, with dancing in the aisles. The Real Thing was followed by Change and So Natural with Stansfield’s amazing vocals captured by a sea of smartphones videoing the dramatic All Woman.

Hold On, All Around The World and What Did I Do For You? brought the main set to a close. The encore was special, a medley of Live Together and Candi Staton’s Young Hearts Run Free.  The voice is there, the stage presence is there and Stansfield is the real thing.

Chaz Brooks