The Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre was filled to capacity as Naturally 7 made their return to Adelaide. Following last year's stint supporting Michael Buble in his sold-out Australian tour, the a cappella ensemble are back headlining their very own show.
Newcomer and Brisbane local Tom Thum opened the show with style. While his set wasn't long, Thum wowed the crowd, working them with his charisma and vocal ability. With a balance of dialogue and song, Thum seemed to present more than just a musical set. A certain theatrical element was present, with a combination of organic choreography and interesting characterisations adding flavour to his performance.
Tom Thum was so impressive that it was hard to believe he was merely the supporting artist, however Naturally 7 certainly stole the show. Performing numbers from their extensive discography, as well as their recently released album 'Wall of Sound', the evening was a mix of R&B, hip hop and beat boxing.
Naturally 7 is really the epitome of a cappella. In an era of auto-tune and computer assisted vocals, it is refreshing that a group perform so naturally, expressing raw and pure musicality. Their vocal blend was superb as was their ability to mimic other instruments and sounds.
Admittedly, the first act did become slightly tedious due to a lack of variation in the R&B dominated set list, however this was rectified after the interval with contrasting motown, gospel and pop flavours. Most notable was the faux-acoustic version of Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence.
Naturally 7 continued to please the audience with a generous encore. Displaying a sense of sincerity that many stars lack, the group also appeared in the foyer at the end of the performance to meet the many excited audience members.
Naturally 7 have a huge Australian following, and it is clear why. If you missed their performance, make sure to catch them if they return!
All Natural Tour
Sat 19 May – Perth Concert Hall | 1800 193 300
Tue 22 May – QPAC Concert Hall | 136 246
Wed 23 May – Adelaide Entertainment Centre | 13 28 49
Fri 25 May – Sydney State Theatre | 1300 139 588
Sat 26 May – Melbourne Palais Theatre | 136 100