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All rise for resurgent Blue [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

October 23, 2013


MUSIC more reminiscent of a Game Of Thrones season finale ushered the four lads onto stage, each led by their most serious of serious faces.

Especially Antony Costa, who looked so pumped up for the evening's festivities he made Danny Dyer look like Frank Spencer.

Decked out in the best of Burton and All Saints - except for Duncan James, wearing what can only be described as a budget Mr T costume - the group, who have been together now for 14 years, rifled through their hit list, seamlessly sliding in album tracks and newbies without any sign of an "urgh, what's this one!?" A modern day flirtation with faux-R'n'B footstompers did however seem like a waste, with the four-piece and their band at their best when actually singing, as they did so well on Little Black Blue THE INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM REVIEW Box and Hurt Lovers before a turn taking vocal sing-off with Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

Music snobs everywhere - until you've witnessed Lee Ryan hit THAT note in Fly By, you haven't truly lived.

Accustomed to playing arenas in their heyday, Blue have seemingly decided smaller venues do not account for smaller shows. It was all there. The dance moves, the four part harmonies, and more theatre and preplanned decisions than an X Factor results show.

Yet, rather than looking like they'd been stuffed and wheeled out in front of a crowd baying for Verdict: TOM PELL One Love, the lads actually looked happy. Really happy. There was banter galore, and fist pumps and high fives flying around like they're going out of fashion. Which, coincidentally, they are, but Blue don't care, and neither did the crowd.

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