Review and phoot by Rebecca Campeau
French/Israeli folksy/pop singer Keren Ann played, most appropriately, the Triple Door on Tuesday, June 12, bringing at least this attendee to tears and not because she was terrible. No, quite the opposite: this singer, compared to a lighter Norah Jones, but live reminded me more of Mazzy Star or the Cowboy Junkies, has in my humble opinion one of the most beautiful voices on the tour circuit today. Live, nuances and textures in Keren Ann’s voice become obvious to the listener that don’t seem to be captured on her recordings. I was literally tearing up at the end of her opening song, which was not only well sung, but lyrically gorgeous and set the pace for the evening. She sang all of her songs in English, except for two in French, which was not at all necessary to understand to fully appreciate them artistically. At one point, Keren, who also played guitar while singing, did change things up by breaking out into an almost Jewel-like pop laden moment, which only proved to showcase the vocal and musical abilities of this already veteran performer and all this, after she drove (not solo) 26 hours straight from Minneapolis. The audience was also captivated, as they remained silent except for loud applause at the end of each song. That was not the case for the uninteresting opening act, Jason Hart, who was also the pianist in the Keren Ann trio, completed by a French bass player. Keren ended the night by doing a stunning cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”.
You can view pictures of Keren Ann’s in-studio performance at KEXP that same day here.