I've always found it amazing when singers battle through illness to put on an amazing performance.
It was such a night at The Globe where Lloyd Cole battles through a heavy cold to give a beautiful solo performance. Minus his band and guitar in hand, Lloyd shows us why he is still one of the best songwriters in the UK today.
Only one song in and we get the truly great Rattlesnakes.
And it was an evening of surprises as he picked from his now 18 album career.
Perhaps The Globe wasn't the perfect place to give the public the show that Lloyd wanted to give. Some of the songs were presented with such delicate beauty I think it should have been a seated occasion. Although several of the songs were accompanied by the vocal talents of the Cardiff crowd.
As seems to be the fashion these days, the set was broken into two halves.
The first set included such gems as Rattlesnakes, Cut Me Down, Why I Love Country Music & No More Love Songs.
The songs sound so much more intimate and fragile stripped of their studio clothing. I love the fact I'm hearing these songs more or less as they must have been written with just an acoustic guitar. And that you have even more reason to listen to the lyrics by one of our finest wordsmiths.
Part two kicks off with my favourite Lloyd Cole song - Are You Ready To Be Heatbroken? - pure gorgeousness.
Part Two included beauties such as Broken Record, Jennifer She Said, Hey Rusty & Butterfly
Indeed, the set list from Brighton a couple of nights before seems to be almost spot on as far as I can recollect.
Lloyd played quite a few songs from his excellent latest release Standards, which is his first 'band' album in quite a while.
As the evening went on, it was obvious Lloyd was finding the show tough going but the audience were on his side and every song was greeted with great applause of appreciation both for the songs and his performance.
Usually Lloyd likes a bit of between song banter but tonight he kept it to a minimum, trying to conserve his voice no doubt for singing the songs.
As the gig entered it's closing section, the biggest hits made an appearance.
The crowd sang along to Perfect Skin & Lost Weekend.
The last song Lloyd gave us tonight was a lovely version of Forest Fire.
The crowd enjoyed the show, even though later on social media Lloyd apologised for not being on top form.
But I hope the love in the room convinced Lloyd that the crowd left happy and that Wales does appreciate a great performer & songwriter when we see one.
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