Any time that Bilal takes the stage, you're definitely in for a show. Last Wednesday was no exception, especially since the soul crooner was at NYC's Highline Ballroom to celebrate the release of his most recent album, In Another Life.
The set was a lively one, filled with Bilal classics like "Sometimes," "Levels" and "Winning Hand." But the night truly belonged to his new album. He spastically took the band (which at times featured collaborator Adrian Younge) through new songs like "Star Now," "Love Child," the dark, fiery "Lunatic," "I Really Don't Care" and "Satellites." And then, as an added surprise, he brought out New Zealand songstress Kimbra to perform their soulful duet "Holding Back," creating a sensual, mesmerizing moment. Through it all, the singer's intense artistry and funny demeanor made his time on stage fly by.
When it came time for an encore consisting of "All Matter," "Back to Love" and "Make Me Over," it was hard for the audience to say goodbye. However, after the singer dashed backstage and then returned with his smiling son to bid them adieu, the crowd awwed and then let the underrated singer leave the stage, his reputation for delivering a memorable outing still intact.