Willy Mason – Liverpool Sound City review

Posted on 21 May 2011
By Matt Barden
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Zanzibar was full to capacity last night awaiting the long anticipated return of Willy Mason to Liverpool.

He didn’t disappoint. Joined onstage by just his brother Sam on drums, Willy took fans back to the stripped back sound of his debut album, Where the Humans Eat, for an intimate gig.

Not one for small talk, merely politley greeting the crowd and telling them, “It’s good to be here in this strange land,” the singer/songwriter let his music do the talking and launched straight into the set.

It may have been over four years since Willy’s last album and since he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, but none of the passion for his music has been lost, by Willy or his fans.

Crowd wide sing-a-longs for old classics like Riptide, Gotta Keep Moving and Oxygen were mixed in with new material off his upcoming third album (which he told Purple Revolver before the gig, just needed some finishing touches).

The new tracks stood tall next to the older stuff, proving that Willy has not lost any of his much heralded songwriting ability and that fans should be genuinely excited for the third album.

Returning to the stage for a two song encore, after whooing and hollering from the Zanzibar crowd, the 26 year old gave the fans what they’ve been waiting four years for, and then as abruptly as he started, he disappeared.