LIVE REVIEW: Manna, The Underbelly (London) 20.10.2010

With all the musical and aesthetic panache of a young Patti Smith or PJ Harvey, Manna commands the small factions of Mannites who cluster at the foot of the stage and faithfully bop their heads in the most submissive rock-out I might have ever seen.

I can’t help but think a few more warm bodies would have transformed the evening into a scene you might find in the hipper parts of 60’s Height and Ashbury, and if I squinted a little, I could just about restructure the modern furnishings to make-believe I was living the beatnik dream.

In central London.

Circa now.

With a Finnish-Algerian-punk-rock-folk- singer looking far too preened and pretty to denote the dirt and hard edge of punk rock. Maybe not.

However, Manna satisfies my nostalgic ambitions as the music blares and shifts from more obvious rock-out numbers to jauntier foot-stompers such as “Truth Song”.

Gig-goers hoping that Manna is a one-woman time portal back to late sixties America will be disenchanted for this woman has a style and a voice all her own. If you can get over this, it just so happens that her style (heavily influenced by early Punk, folk and blues) and her voice (almost as pretty as she is) can enthral even the most wistful Smith fan looking for a reincarnation.

Like the lady says “it’s when you let go … follow your intuition that it starts getting interesting. Sound is god and I love music.”

In the underbelly of London, Manna loves music and makes us love her, too.

Reviewer: Dominique Gozdawa


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