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Belles Amies! (The Oxford Belles – Oxford University’s Original All-Female A Cappella)

By | Published on Sunday 17 August 2014

There is no denying that The Oxford Belles individually have great voices, but there was something missing in this a capella show. A lack of power and confidence could be attributed to the lack of a usual seventh member, but it felt like there was more to it than that. The Belles are unsure of themselves, sing quietly and only occasionally show some of the attitude and sass that they so regularly seem to promise. There are a wide range of styles and it’s all very nice and pretty, but there’s nothing behind it – I keep expecting more voices to fill in the sound, but it never happens. This is a shame, because they have potential, but I left feeling somewhat underwhelmed.

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tw rating 2/5 | [Stephanie Gray]