Despite the best efforts of Glasgow Life to reduce this great venue to a miserable remand centre, Team Emeli Sande lifted the evening with slick professionalism on all fronts, and her lighting and sound technicians should be first to take a bow.
Sadly neither support act, the cheery singalong of Seye, nor Mancunian soul boy Daley, had the same expertise at their command. But alongside Sande, they did make for a night of striking hair-dos.
Apart from a new song, Wonder, destined to appear as the first single from her producer Shahid "Naughty Boy" Khan, in the summer, the set was a re-ordered play-though of the Our Version of Events album, and had the same flaws. When Sande's songwriting is good, it is very good indeed. Daddy was a storming opener and Next To Me a glorious, if predictable, encore. The next single My Kind Of Love also has "hit" written all over it, and there has to be a good chance that the USA will take to her when the album is released there at the start of June.
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It does, however, have its share of fillers among the tracks, and, to my hears, rather too many down-tempo ones, an accusation that might have been levelled at everything in this evening. If you had hoped to shake a tail-feather, you went home disappointed.
Sande's band, a compact quartet plus two backing singers, is very fine indeed, however, and capable of flicking that invisible switch that sends a power ballad exhilaratingly into overdrive. And Sande herself is a beguiling mix of sincerity and the slightly mannered. Some spontaneity would not go amiss, and will surely come.