James Vincent McMorrow @ Varsity Theater
August 8th, 2012
James Vincent McMorrow returned to Minneapolis for the third time on Wednesday, August 8th at the Varsity Theater. It has been an interesting experience watching the progression of McMorrow's performances over the years. Back in March of 2011 he opened for The Rural Alberta Advantage at First Avenue's Mainroom, and last September the Cedar Cultural Center hosted his first headlining US tour. Each time I've seen him he has gained so much more confidence, and in return brought more energy to the stage and connected with the audience extremely well.
One thing has been consistent with each performance however, and that is McMorrow's beautiful and emotion-filled vocals. Each song had angelic falsettos, alluring melodies, and so much soul and passion it made you (okay or just me) want to weep along with the melancholy resinating in his tone. One of the most compelling moments was the last minute of the song "From the Woods", a song that starts off somber and delicate, but ends with very powerful singing-chants of the song title.
Written by Amanda Reeder, Radio K volunteer