Most singer-songwriters’ quest is to write as many songs as possible and hope that some raw material will transform into an arena-singing crowd which is, let’s face it, the ultimate goal.
So I felt for Bruno Major last night at the Hydro. He sang a handful of beautifully constructed songs lyrically and sonically and shared an anecdote about how he was ‘bashing keys and this song just fell out’. The song, Just the Same, is a melancholy, solemn gospel mood lamenting how ‘like a madman in the rain, I would love you just the same, so do your worst to me….’
The vast venue isn’t quite the place for music like that which should seep languidly over a more tightly-packed transfixed crowd in a low-ceiling venue rather than a slow-filling vast venue with eager fans waiting for their idol (the incredible Sam Smith) and not quite aware of how they should react to Bruno – the guy who they will probably be telling their friends is ‘the other Bruno’ in a few years time.
Bruno has been supporting or as management would like to say ‘heading out alongside’ Sam Smith on his 13-date UK arena tour and last night was the third night.
It precedes the Londoner’s own headline tour towards the end of next month and his Glasgow Broadcast gig is probably a better choice of venue – more intimate and up close. The talented young songwriter made a promise to himself last year to write and record one track a month throughout the year and so the album A Song For Every Moon was borne.
His songs are in the same vein as John Legend and Sam Smith and the sleepy tone is one for Sunday brunch piano music or as Sam Smith said to his fans one hour later, ‘When I am sad it’s really important for me to be sad…’
Pull up a comfy chair Sam, get yourself some Bruno Major and feel the sadness.
review by Susie Daniels