Steering clear of her most recent album, 2012’s ‘Sun’, 3,6,9 was the only song she played from the acclaimed album and it was punctuated with a squeaky piano pedal throughout. While a large portion of her set found her sat in front of her piano, the show felt personal, sometimes painfully so with certain admissions about her personal life and state of mind bordering on an uncomfortable level of vulnerability. While this is a facet that creates a stunning performance, there were moments of silence within the crowd, especially after one particular sermon that wandered from D’Angelo to Prince and was eventually interrupted as she launched into the next song.
Despite, or perhaps because of, this the performance held a chilling rawness – a melancholy energy that made you question whether it was Marshall’s songs were dark or if she was lacking the light herself. Heading back to the guitar towards the end of the show, her performance of Bully was flawless – making it clear that somewhere within the lost little girl façade there is a roaring songstress. Waving to the crowd as they departed, it was unclear whether Marshall’s hiatus from the musical world proved a blessing or a hindrance, but either way the audience was glad to have her back.
Reviewer -Christie Otts