Jacklin and her band were able to execute bolder, more dynamic songs with ease but appeared challenged by those with minimal melodic and structural variation, creating sections that sounded lost in a rolling drone, leaving Jacklin’s voice drowning among it all.
Executing simplicity with nuance, while entertaining a sold-out audience, is tough. And while Jacklin tried to supplement the latter with a charming naivete, full of nods to her days at school, at times it felt like we were back there with her.
While those moments were charming they revealed a nervousness that, coupled with the night’s musical inconsistencies, highlighted just how difficult shows like these can be – and that executing them with calm effortlessness is a big ask.
Once Julia Jacklin learns to command a room like this with confidence, she will be a force to be reckoned with.