Randi Russo

Randi Russo with support from Lenny Molotov (Night & Day Cafe, Manchester 04/07/05) - Live Review

Randi Russo with support from Lenny Molotov (Night & Day Cafe, Manchester 04/07/05) - Live Review
Randi Russo with support from Lenny Molotov (Night & Day Cafe, Manchester 04/07/05)

It was as though Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen had decided to get together and have a busk on Penn Station, in order to exchange ideas when witnessing the opening act. The blues balladeer Lenny Molotov informed, entertained and at times, dazzled the Monday night gatherers. His pertinent songform diary of the last moves of a lacklustre criminal in this digital age; 'David Redden's Blues' opened more minds than Fahrenheit 9/11 .

With each song weighing in at over the four minute mark, Lenny lamented the fast pace of modern life with relaxing yet informative acoustic fuelled gems. The set fully opened up with the deep and maudlin 'Book Of Splendor'. A different side to New York's musical body was flashed at the audience tonight; people certainly seemed to like what they saw.

Randi Russo continued New York's contribution to the evening and was ably assisted by the above mentioned Lenny Molotov, on lapsteel that added a whiny blues feel to Randi's longing and weaving guitar contribution. Opener 'Matchless' from the underrated Solar Bi-Polar album (released on Olive Juice Records) saw the friendly and enlightening Randi with her Siouxsie & The Banshees vocal style, tackle the topic of human nature. 'Push-Pull' dissected the intricate nature of relationships with rythmic precision and saw Randi's vocals reaching out and touching everyone in the room, even the surly doorman.

A new song 'The Writing's On The Wall' displayed the poignancy and depth of this New York songstress, with its bitterly thoughtful lyrical content. An intimate accoustic set touched hearts and gave Monday evening a refreshing and thought provoking touch. It set the mind racing on the topic of how dynamic the sound would be with the full band behind Randi.

David Adair

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