Photos by Linda Dunjey
As the Live Reviews Coordinator for Around The Sound, it’s at a point now where my obsession with ensuring the magazine covers every single thing possible – is getting out of a hand, but that’s good, right?
I had Lou Doillon up for offer and nobody had taken it. I just thought to myself, what the hell, I don’t know this artist but I’ll give it a go, just so we don’t miss out.
Well, I am now a fan. Lou Doillon is a model, a theatre/tv/film actress, an artist, and just 8 years ago she started her solo music career. Is there anything she can’t do?
The show began with Lo, and I can not find any information on her whatsoever! She was a solo guitarist, and played an array of slow beautiful songs that really emphasized her classy voice. It was the most appropriate way to get the evenings proceedings under way.
There were naturally a lot of French people at this show. The ages ranged from young to old, but I heard all their accents surrounding me from the outset. The vibe was pretty good. The place was probably about 5/8ths full, just a little more than half.
Lou Doillon and her band walked out onto the stage next at 8:45. The thing that stood out to me from the outset was that Lou Doillon is a bona fide superstar. I didn’t need to hear her sing, hear her speak – she’s got the charisma of a thousand stars. Then I heard her sing. What a cool lady. She’s got this swagger about her, this confidence and intent – she inspired everybody in that room from top to bottom, start to finish.
Then I heard her talk. She’s one of a kind – she spoke so lovely and intelligently, whilst at times witty and so charming. There’s an honesty that she gives her audience that comes across very real and humble. My admiration was through the roof! She had a story to tell before most of the songs, and she admitted her own faults and owned them.
I have to say upon research after the show, the coolest song, and best song in her repertoire HAS to be ‘The Joke’ – that song just has this mean beat that really gets my engine hummin’. The lyrics are radical, you could tell the backing band were really into this track, just by how into it they appeared to be. Lou was singing and dancing along and really captured my spirit. Just the way she prowled around the place was a sight to behold. Very cool.
Other highlights of this set were songs like ‘Too Much’ ‘Good Man’, ‘Lay Low’ and the final song of the evening, ‘It’s You’, which – phwoar – that’s a tearjerker.
I just love this woman. When I uploaded the featured picture of this article I said out loud “Oh bloody hell isn’t she lovely?”. She had such a beautiful voice and temperament, you kind of want a hug from her because it feels like just being near this special woman would make all of life’s worries go away. What I’m trying to say is, it just does not take long for anybody to feel invested and wrapped up in the person that Lou Doillon is.