Oi-Va-Voi @ Scala, 9th July 2007
I'm not sure if the songs on Oi Va Voi's new (eponymous) album are as good as those on "Laughter Through Tears", their last. They don't make a strong impression on first hearing tonight (though that can sometimes be a good sign) and for me "Yesterday's mistakes" is definitely their best, a fantastic song with a great arrangement. So will the songs co-written with kt tunstall prove to be the best the band can do? Time will tell.
The band has certainly developed quite a sizeable and devoted following since I last saw them in a low-key gig at Dingwalls just after the release of "Laughter Through Tears". Tonight is a sell-out and is hailed in this evening's Metro as gig of the day. It's also a dual celebration: a home town gig at the end of a European tour and the new album's release date at the end of a difficult period for the band. Not surprisingly, they're in good humour and they get a great reception.