Wednesday, August 29, 2007


After the frenetic efforts of Funeral For A Friend, it is almost a relief to escape into a cool tent and the gentle electronic melodies of Maps, the nom de chanson of James Chapman. Mercury nominated he may be, but this is just a little too much of a comedown.

It is partly because Chapman simply doesn't have enough interesting songs. He played the singles "It Will Find You" and "You Don't Know Her Name", but you'd be hard pushed to tell them apart. The other problem is that Chapman has all of the stage presence of a dead cod. Audience engagement is minimal and you get the feeling that most people are only here to get out of the sun.


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