This past Thursday I had the luxury of heading up to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City for the very first time. The venue itself was beautiful. The room had this majestic vibe and the sound was incredible. Making their commutes from all over New Jersey and the close neighbor of NYC, as the night went along more and more people started to file in. Soon the room was packed for Julien Baker's performance.
I went into this show looking for a different perspective for this review other than capturing photos. I wanted to capture mental notes of my peers around me. Their reactions and emotion while watching such a talent.
Having a wide demographic in the crowd, you can tell everyone was in this room because Baker's music did one thing for each of these individuals. It moved them. Singing along as delicate as Baker, I heard several grown men whispering along with raw emotion in their faces. A quiet hum buzzed through the hall reciting the honest, sad, emotional music they were there to see. Each song as the choruses grew closer the crowd grew louder and filled with more emotion. To me this was refreshing to see in the times we live where men are often portrayed as the alpha male who cant cry or feel any emotion
This was one of the best performances I have seen in a long time and I was so impressed with her musicianship as a solo artist. I recently just started to get more and more into what Julien Baker does and there is just something about her. What really gets me is her honest songwriting. A lot of music these days is missing something genuine. There are lyrics you hear and you sing because, yes they are catchy, but when you look at them you think "this is what sells". The one thing I think Baker's music really moves people towards is being honest with themselves.
When you dive into her lyrics you can see Baker does not hold back what she really feels. She paints a vivid picture in each song. With such subtle, somber but moving instrumentals to accompany her beautiful delicate vocal tone, what many ROCK bands struggle to do with 3-5 people on stage, she had no trouble doing just going up there and being her honest self... everyone in the room, including myself, was mesmerized.
Photos & Review By Kevin Miller