Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Review: Squeeze, Gateshead Sage

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Review: Squeeze, Gateshead Sage

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THERE'S never been a better time to see Squeeze.

Not only do they boast a peerless back catalogue, but they have just released their most successful and critically-acclaimed album in decades.

The success of the recently released From The Cradle To The Grave has given the band a huge shot in the arm and their first top 20 chart entry since the 1980s.

The album featured heavily in a sensational 110-minute set at the Sage and held its own against some of the greatest music ever recorded.

Squeeze, these days retaining only two founding members, genius songwriters Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, are a formidable live act, delivering each song immaculately with the backing of four more top class musicians.

They opened the sell-out show with a trio of classics - Hourglass, Is That Love? and Another Nail In My Heart - all showcasing Tilbrook's instantly recognisable, ageless vocals and dexterous, hugely under-rated guitar work.

It wasn't all about hit singles, however, with the rarely-heard gem Electric Trains, sung by Difford, and a beautifully performed The Truth getting an welcome airing while Some Fantastic Place, maybe the best ever uplifting song about loss, took the breath away. …

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