Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Mirror Mirror off the wall


THE piano-driven pop of The Irrepressibles isn't so much a little camp as a whole flaming big top.
No doubt this theatrical streak comes from the fact that studio effort Mirror Mirror is a reflection of The Irrepressibles's live show, where the ring master, artist and composer Jamie McDermott, leads a 10-piece "performance orchestra" which has fused music with drama, dance and circus skills since 2002.
Atop a flamboyant, fantastical musical backdrop McDermott's acrobatic voice soars and dazzles and excites, like a cross between Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright.
And at times this showcase is irresistible - such as on the gorgeous The Tide.
But for me, overall Mirror Mirror feels like something is missing, like this big top is all blue-feathered-lady-on-horseback and no fez-wearing-bear-on-a-bicycle.

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