Public Service Broadcasting - Live At Brixton

After appearing with their quaint, vintage meshing of dance beats and plummy voiced public service announcements with 2013’s Inform-Educate-Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting made a far superior second album in 2015. The Race For Space enabled the duo to meld storytelling into their schtick, and end up producing one of the best albums of the year. The trick of their live shows since then is to somehow translate the drama and unique storytelling of The Race For Space whilst splicing it with the best of their debut. For J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth this is a toughie.

The other thing that is harder to convey on recorded music is the sheer euphoric nature of much of the duo’s live show, in particular tracks like ‘Spitfire’ get the heart pumping, and ‘The Other Side’ offers drama like you can’t imagine. On Live At Brixton that intensity of feeling is missing. Only just but it’s an instance where you can’t quite get the beauty of the moment through headphones or speakers. Also demonstrated is the fact that mixing the two albums up does indeed lose some of the impact of their space themed second, where the power is in the progress of the story. Still, PSB live are a thrilling prospect and they deliver their show in a unique way. Buy this, then by tickets to their next live show. This is only half the story.

Verdict

A nice album that captures part of the live PSB experience.
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