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Razorlight and Red Cortez @ The Troubadour, 2/03/09

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I went to the Troubadour on Tuesday night on a mission. I was going to try and solve once and for all one of rock n' roll's great mysteries. Why is Razorlight so huge in Europe? Razorlight first emerged on the scene in 2004 with their debut album Up All Night. That album reached number three in the charts in the UK and barely cracked them here despite good reviews. So while in Europe, Razorlight sells out stadiums, in Los Angeles they can still play at the Troubadour.

The secret, I believed must be in their live performance. They must have a stupendously good show to attract so many fans. Right? It couldn't be their recordings. We had access to them here. It couldn't be their publicity team? I assure you that the editorial team gets a practical blitzkrieg of pr documenting their every move. I mean these guys got lead singer Johnny Borrell on the cover of Vogue in Britain, for Pete's sake. So it must be the show. Americans just don't have as many opportunities to see them live. Right? Well...sort of.