Photos by G.
VV Brown is back! If you missed her 2010 debut album “Travelling Like The Light,” I recommend you remedy that right away. The album is a wonderful mixture of soul and rock and VV Brown blends a vintage sound while still being totally fresh. I liked the album so much, in fact, that it made my Top Albums of 2010. I’ve been very excited to hear new music from VV Brown and I got my wish on November 2, 2011 at a sold out show at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge. The new album will be called “Lollipops and Politics,” and it’s set to be released in February 2012. VV Brown told the crowd that she wanted to do a brief tour to perform the songs live to give her fans a preview of things to come and we got to see the second ever public performance of her new material. I am very happy to say that her new tracks are great and if you loved her debut, you will be very excited. Her new single “Children” is very funky and has a great beat. It’s one of many songs that was written about the sad state of affairs this world is in, but it’s got a positive message. “Tough Like Glue” and “Famous” are upbeat and bouncy and would not be out of place on her debut. Many songs like “Red Balloon” sound like anthems and I know it’s going to be a crowd favorite once the album is released.
The song “Be Yours,” is a slower track (reminiscent of “Back in Time” from her debut) and it was definitely one of my favorite songs of the night. VV talked about recording in her home studio, Have A Cup of Tea Studios, and when she announced the epic love song “Like Fire,” she said it is her favorite new song off the record. It will also be the album’s closer and it’s really beautiful. She talks about an amazing love that feels like fire. The crowd loved every song, but “Like Fire” got a lot of applause at its conclusion. It wasn’t all new songs at Mercury Lounge, however. She also played “Quick Fix” and a new version of “Shark In The Water,” which was slowed down, from “Travelling Like The Light.” The evening closed out with the new songs “10 Feet Tall” and “Children.” I am really looking forward to her new album “Lollipops and Politics,” which is scheduled for release in February 2012. VV Brown chatted with the crowd afterwards and it was great to see the audience personally let her know how much they loved the new material. A video from this show will be coming soon, so watch this space. Welcome back VV!
See the set list after the jump.