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Review: Caro Emerald

Kai Hoffman heard Caro Emerald at Shepherds Bush Empire last Tuesday December 20th:

Having been asked to learn a Caro Emerald tune – “That Man” – to perform at a private party earlier this year, I was curious to hear more. So I jumped at the opportunity to hear the 30-year old Dutch
singer (real name Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw) at  Shepherds Bush Empire last week.

That Man” has a great, “Sing, Sing, Sing”- Charleston-type of feel, in combination with the modern mixing and samples – which sounded fun, retro and hip all at the same time. Naturally, anyone who is bringing vintage style to a wider public also gets my vote!

Emerald and her band played to a sold-out audience at Shepherds Bush Empire. Some of her other songs felt a bit underpowered, but “That Man” had exactly the right kind of snappy slickness, and immediately had the crowd dancing and enjoying themselves. With 1.8 million Youtube hits, the song looks set, deservedly, to become a repertoire staple.

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