Joe’s Pub – New York, NY
Keren Ann played the second of two sold out shows at Joe’s Pub Thursday night, December 9. Sporting a short coifed bob and in a black romper that only an international jetsetter like herself could pull off on a wintry Manhattan night, Keren Ann warmed up the audience fittingly with “Chelsea Burns”. Playing from a selection of her previous albums and a sprinkling of new gems, the Israeli born chanteuse lulled her enthralled audience.
For those who have not heard of Keren Ann, she manages to captivate an audience with her whispery vocals and that je ne sais quoi of frenchy cool she probably acquired with her Parisan living. If the new do wasn’t an indication, KA has certainly pumped up the volume. At one point, she rocked so hard on “It Ain’t No Crime” that a hanging tamborine crashed to the floor. She traded her acoustic guitar for electric for most of her set, which explains the new album’s more 60’s influenced sound. She debuted new tracks from her upcoming album 101, including the lead single “My Name Is Trouble”, “Sugar Mama” and “Blood On My Hands”.
Don’t worry KA friends, her preciously packaged lyrics of earlier albums were still on display when she played old favorites, “The Harder Ships of the World” and “Not Going Anywhere”. She rollicked “Sailor & Window” before ending the night with a Spanish ditty to send everyone home in a reverie. 101 is released on March 22 in the States. For some more hints to the tracks, she has enlisted the help of illustrator John Mavroudis to conceptualize the lyrics from her forthcoming album until it’s European release. You can get your clues at http://101kerenann.tumblr.com/.