Reviewed by James Lavender
2016 seems to have been good to Michael Kiwanuka. A No.1 scoring second album, a Mercury Music Prize nomination and now a UK tour, he is growing in confidence and in profile, all of which is visible in a recent performance at the Manchester 02 Ritz.
A perennial BBC 6Music favourite, Agnes Obel is returning with her third album Citizen of Glass. Having impressed audiences and critics in her native Denmark and other countries in Europe with her debut album, Philharmonics, then her more intimate piano-driven second album Aventine, she is back with a clever, cross-pollination of different music styles including folk, jazz, North African and Baroque music. Only a bold and confident musician like Obel could have pulled it off.