Thankfully, the intoxicating “Rakim” was the third song, but after such a profound live hiatus, there should have been a couple of orchestral bones thrown before the next familar reprieve, “Sanvean” ironically another gem from their only live album, Toward the Within.
Other highlights included Gerrard’s “Now We Are Free” from The Gladiator soundtrack and her “Dreams Made Flesh,” released as This Mortal Coil.
However, to say the night was hers would only be partially true. Granted, she was more at peace in her skin and certainly wasn’t trying to impress, per se, but where previously her every syllable captivated and transfixed, this time I found myself bored with some of her warbling. I even caught myself wondering what happened to Enya and compiling my grocery list.
Breaking through, “The Host of Seraphim” commanded rapt attention, and it was visually matched with some outstanding shadow and light work. While the DCD duo’s grip on the audience has loosened, the real star of show hands down was the lighting designer, who effortlessly created a substantial mood with seemingly very little. Minimal and lush, the lighting effects all night were spellbinding.
Sadly, the other elements of the performance complemented these effects only sporadically.
- --Chris "Gutter" Rose