She hopes we’ll be very unhappy without her.
And we will. On 14 August Chelsea Wilson showed us why.
Soul. Funk. Motown. Disco. What do they all have in common?
Chelsea Wilson is an accomplished singer who knows her groove. Really knows it. Her album launch at The Toff was like a tour of the best of the 60s and 70s. She’s written faultless songs, chosen impeccable band members and even had energy to spare for more than a few extra surprises.
But first, her voice. And what a voice. Wilson’s vocals are practiced and deliberate, delivering just the right amount of heartfelt lament and bitter vengeance. And appropriately so – many of her songs explore themes of betrayal, jealousy, heartbreak and complications of love.
Wilson also managed to assemble a cracking band behind her. A sharp horn section and colourful keyboards lent their colours to the usual drums, bass and guitar. And just like Wilson, they were all exceptionally well-rehearsed and on point.
Special mention should go to guitarist Neil Boland, who showed us some exceptionally well-judged blues solos and later funked up the set with some wah, phaser and other effects.
“This is a song about being in a relationship that’s not wrong, but not quite right either. I let a good man down.”
Not satisfied with merely sharing here excellent vocals and top band, Wilson also brought in backing dancer/singers – complete with impressive choreographed dance moves (and also both excellent singers too!). And there were guest singers. And costume changes. And a killer encore. This is a woman who has thought it all through. And she understands the importance of going beyond a musical performance. She understands what it takes to put on a show.
We’d be very unhappy without her.
Chelsea Wilson has just released her debut album, “I hope you’ll be very unhappy without me”, listen to it on Bandcamp here: http://chelseawilson.bandcamp.com/releases