She’s come a hell of a long way since her days plying her trade on ‘Australian Idol’, but the live arena is still where Jessica Mauboy no doubt finds the most enjoyment.
Recently kicking off her national tour (she plays Sydney’s Star Event Centre tonight) was cause for celebration, so we sent along our concert reviewer Brad to see if Ms Mauboy brought her ‘a’ game.
A year on from forming on ‘The X Factor’, The Collective were a decent opening act after Nathaniel backed out with a day’s notice. Thankfully their set was mainly covers, as their originals aren’t exactly setting the charts alight. They are a talented bunch though, who clearly have been working a lot on their live vocal performances. The harmonies were on point and two members even showed off their rapping and guitar playing abilities. They probably could use some more dance training though. As we saw with 5ive last week, you need the moves to cause One Direction-esque hysteria!
Jessica Mauboy has done a brilliant job of growing up in the public eye.
She has a catalogue of catchy singles, is sexy without being smutty and… that voice. She has a great stage presence and played all of her hits to a receptive Melbourne audience.
Whilst there was little choreography, she used the stage well without running from one side to the other. There were a few awkward silences between sets but she has certainly mastered the art of the quick change, going through five sparkly outfits in the blink of an eye!
The highlight of the 90-minute show was when it was just her and an acoustic guitar. She performed ‘I Have Nothing’ and ‘Time After Time’ in this fashion and it was brilliant. The whole auditorium came to a hush as she serenaded us. It was, for a lack of a more eloquent turn of phrase, “a moment”. In fact, we were disappointed when the band returned for ‘Because’!
‘The Sapphires’ section was another highlight and got most of the audience on their feet. How awesome would it be if her next album sounded like that rather than EDM like everything else on the radio?
Speaking of her new album, we were a bit surprised she only performed one new song off it; the title track ‘Beautiful’. It probably would have made more sense to perform more new songs than perform a medley of songs from her last album. Don’t even get us started on why she felt the need to remind us that ‘Get ‘Em Girls’, the song, happened.
Soon it was time for the triumphant encore as the crowd rose to their feet to help Jess with her latest single ‘Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up)’. One lucky young fan even got to dance with Ms. Mauboy on stage!
All in all, Jess proved that growing up doesn’t mean having to lose your morals (and clothes…we’re looking at you Miley!) but simply getting better and more experienced. We can’t wait to see what she does next!