Cornershop

The members of eclectic world music band Cornershop just didn't put much effort into their first high-profile L.A. show, offering the packed-in fans a disappointing, half-hearted run-through of songs from their otherwise excellent new album "When I Was Born for the 7th Time" (Luaka Bop/WB). While songs like current single "Brimful of Asha" and show opener "Sleep on the Left Side" are engrossing and hypnotic in their recorded forms, the manner in which they were presented during this eight-song set was without zeal or passion, leaving the songs lifeless shells of themselves.

With:
Band: Tjinder Singh, Ben Ayers, Anthony Saffrey, Nick Simms, Pete Bengry.

Singer-songwriter Tjinder Singh was the main culprit, issuing unintelligible lyrics in an offhand, too-casual style; he’d often look over his shoulder while singing, neglecting his microphone. His anti-frontman approach, as if he had no need to exert himself in order to impress, was without style and uninteresting.

Singh’s musical partner, Tamboura player Ben Ayres, sat cross-legged on the low stage through the entire show, adding little more than droning accompaniment to the lifeless songs.

After five underwhelming tunes, the crowd was told that the drummer was having hearing difficulties, and all five band members preceded to walk off the stage.

Show culminated with a long, relatively interesting rave-like version of “6am Jullandar Shere,” from their earlier “Woman’s Gotta Have It” album.” After seemingly tiring of singing the same line over and over again, Singh put his instrument down and, without ceremony, casually left the stage.

Cornershop

Hollywood Athletic Club; 700 capacity; $15

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice.

Crew: Reviewed Nov. 12, 1997.

Cast: Band: Tjinder Singh, Ben Ayers, Anthony Saffrey, Nick Simms, Pete Bengry.

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