:: Sunday, November 08, 2009 ::

No Easy Way Down

Mark Eitzel, originally uploaded by alister.

Live, Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire, Saturday 7th November.

Mark Eitzel's return to Edinburgh saw him on absolutely phenomenal form. I think he really is better than he has ever been vocally.

Support came from Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady whose highly theatrical turn with guitar and accordian went down well.

Eitzel began with 'I left my heart in San Francisco' moving into a series of songs about his home city including 'Mission Rock Resort', a song that once inspired me to take an ill-advised tour of SF's less salubrious neighbourhoods. Comic and self-deprecating Eitzel has the spirit of Jacques Brel and an immense talent, though he probably would never accept that.

Ending with vintage tune 'Nightwatchman' he left the audience roaring for more.

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