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Played live in Sheffield 06/11/00
on 8 November 2000
We turned up to the Sheffield City Hall on a wet and miserable Monday night to be enlivened and to see James. As is the way with these things, a support act has the job of warming the audience before the headline band appears on stage. Shea Seger. Right. Who was she, who are they I thought as the band began playing to a three-quarter empty venue. First off was Last Time, and this delicate, nymph like vocalist let out a strong, soulful voice from within her tiny frame. And along came the rest of the album tracks - Clutch, Shatterwall, I Love You Too Much, and Walk on Rainbows - gems, all. I'd never heard of Shea Seger, never heard any of the singles, but the performance weaved a spell. Whatever that certain unfathomable ingredient is, that X-Factor which propels a band to success, I think they have it. It looks like the their time is coming, something's in the air. Shea sang to row upon row of empty seats but put her heart into it - she was in a reverie, enjoying her own music, the resonance of each song and their lyrics was kept secret from us but was clearly real to her. Hair flowing and barefoot, a little sugary sweet maybe, but a star in the making nevertheless. Waiting in the Rain was next, and May Street - the audience sat arms folded, some yawned, most saw but didn't hear. After a gutsy, impressive display she had no reason to be humble, but - in a soft, southern American tone - said thanks for listening, I'm Shea Seger, enjoy James and have a good night. As she walked off stage you couldn't help thinking she's a girl going places, her stage presence promised much. The album, mastered and polished in studio, captures the thoroughly now sounds which illuminated a cold Sheffield night. Buy the album before everyone else does because it's destined to have air play a plenty.