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Live Review: Meg Mac

28 September 2015 | 1:56 pm | Michael Prebeg

"She's a force to be reckoned with."

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Dressed in all black from head to toe, Meg Mac emerged from the shadows and into to the hazy spotlight. A striking two-part intro begun with Be My Friend and Before Trouble to instantly capture our attention.

It was the second night of her Never Be tour in Melbourne and Mac was very happy to do it four times in a row, each night to a sold out show. Sunday night saw her younger sisters Hannah and Danielle join her on back up vocals to make it extra special.

Mac's powerhouse vocals were undeniable, packed with soul and gospel tones beyond her years; she's a force to be reckoned with. Her compelling music took us on an emotional and dramatic journey. Every Lie showed her darker side with fierce lyrics that make it clear that you should certainly not mess with her.

An old soul who draws inspiration from many musical greats, she took a moment to honor the late Jimmy Ruffin with a beautiful interpretation of What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. Her phenomenal cover of Bill Withers' Grandma's Hands was yet another classic with her own twist to give the track a whole new life.

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"I've reached the scary part of my set!" said Mac as she slowly walked over to sit behind her keyboard. For something that she normally does in the privacy of her dark bedroom, playing the keyboard and singing at the same time in front of an audience is always a bit daunting, she explained.

She played her first song ever recorded called Known Better, which started the whole journey of Meg Mac. Just as she decided to introduce her band she realised she actually doesn't need them for the next track - instead she relied on her trusty loop pedal and the sound of her own incredible voice. Mac had complete focus and captivated us as she recorded live loops of her French vocals and sound effects.

Latest single Never Be was the one we were all waiting for and Mac poured every bit of emotion into her soaring vocal. To top off the night, an encore of her triple j Like A Version cover of Bridges by Broods was stunning and unforgettable.