Jack Savoretti performing at Rock City Nottingham on Friday 11th November 2016

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

A packed Rock City saw Jack Savoretti take to the stage last night in support of his latest album Sleep No More. Around eight years ago he was being pitted alongside Paolo Nutini, a fellow genetically gifted Anglo Italian with a guitar and a few life stories to tell, but then his path took a different direction when he split with his record company, and he found himself in the wilderness.

Using that experience to write his 2015 album Written In Scars and this latest offering, Savoretti is firmly back on track. Coming on stage to screams from the ladies at the front, he slowly drifted in to Sleep No More, before his band helped him up the tempo.

There was Helpless, an upbeat song which broke the mellow flow of the first few numbers, whilst I’m Yours had some great country tinged slide guitar playing. He gave his very best on stage when he was alone with just his guitar for the likes of Tight Rope, a song about his troubled times and Songs From Different Times, with just a white light illuminating the empty stage around him.

Home, from Written In Scars had the crowd singing along, whilst upbeat numbers like The Other Side Of Love and Back Where I Belong, well and truly woke this crowd up.

Finishing with Only You, a rousing Written In Scars and an almost rockabilly Knock Knock, Savoretti had entertained with songs that had displayed his personal passion. With a vocal power and range that showcased his attractive throaty delivery together with his very amenable stage presence, there was nothing to dislike. But in truth there had been no particular highlight. It was rather like watching a firework that has had most of its powder taken out; it still fizzles but doesn’t end with a bang.