The coffee-table appeal of much of the new songs can’t help but pale, however, beside performances of Stronger and Freak Like Me, both from aforementioned Angels with Dirty Faces. They remind of how dazzling and daring Sugababes were in their prime – a prime which, it must be said, came when Donaghy had left. There’s an odd moment during Stronger where the crowd goes crazy for Donaghy’s rendition of what was originally Heidi Range’s middle-eight. Afterwards Buchanan passes her mic to an audience member who shouts ‘don’t fuck with the originals!’ The sentiment is met with uproarious approval but you can’t help feel that it’s all rather petty given Range’s enormous contribution towards making Sugababes the force it was. There’s a strong impression that MKS have been enormously mythologised yet it’s surely telling that they largely ignore their middling (Sugababes) debut this evening.
Review at MusicOMH at link.