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Concert Review: Melody Gardot, Philadelphia, 9/29/12

A triumphant homecoming for a vocal favorite

Melody Gardot, Philadelphia, 9/12
Melody Gardot, Philadelphia, 9/12
Melody Gardot, Philadelphia, 9/12

Philadelphia fans were delighted to welcome home one of their own, Grammy-nominated singer, composer and producer Melody Gardot, on the final part of her Absence tour, which is also the title of her latest album.

From the moment she walked onto the dimly lighted stage of Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater, Gardot received a thunderous applause, as she stood alone under a single spotlight. She appeared to be shrouded in drama and mystery as she began an a cappella version of the achingly painful spiritual and traditional work song “No More, My Lord.” She kept the haunting rhythm by humming the melody, tapping her foot and shaking a bracelet-like tambourine. The audience was completely silent during this spellbinding opening selection.

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