Review: Richard Carpenter is Close to You – Underbelly George Square, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Tuesday August 15 2017

Four Stars

There are plenty of reverential tributes to legendary musicians and bands on the fringe. The original act or artist is either retired or no longer with us, so audiences flock to see the next best thing instead.


This homage to one half of one of the biggest-selling groups of all time stands out from its rivals in that, while affectionate, it has a sharp, caustic edge that rather qualifies the earnestness of the music. Moreover, due to copyright issues, there is a limit to the number of bona fide Carpenters recordings that can be used in the show, meaning that the performer, Matthew Floyd Jones, has been forced to create a Greatest Hits album’s worth of pastiches.

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