SYDNEY 2003 REVIEWS

 

www.smh.com.au November 2003
Bernard Zuel

When the ticket tout has a Warwick Capper-style bleached blond hairstyle and the woman passing you in the aisle is wearing a polka dot bubble skirt and leg warmers over leggings, it's fair to say we're not in Kansas any more, Toto.

If you wanted to be uncharitable you could call this show the Long Way to the Middling concert.

Anyway, it's time. There is a generation in its early 30s now and thinking like every generation before it: gee, weren't my teen years the best time for music, ever? This was their childhood and they were determined to wring every last memory out of it.....

...While (Paul) Young once had a good voice you wouldn't have claimed that for...Carlisle the three vocalists of Human League (who had a small range and no power but great haircuts)...

What you usually get from older singers who may not have had the greatest pipes as youngsters is canny use of experience to compensate. Phil Oakey of the Human League worked that angle hard, even if he and his band - unlike the solo vocalists who shared the house band, the Human League brought their own, and sounded all the better for it - couldn't rescue a set of too low-key songs that fell flat after the audience orgasm that ended the first part of the concert...