La Cave du Bleu Lézard has its lights already dim when I enter and Alejandro Reyes starts playing filling the air with joyful notes. Alejandro Reyes is alone on stage, just him and his guitar. His missing left hand doesn’t feel missing at all as he can play beautifully the guitar with his special glove with the plectrum. He is young friendly and … charming!
He starts off with a soft pop ballad on the guitar but then throughout the gig he shows that he is able to do much more than that, ranging from some blues to rock ‘n’ roll and mixing different styles.
He covers multiple songs changing the rhythm and adding some of his originality to them. An example? When he plays “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran he changes the rhythm a bit and with a loop pedal and a special microphone he records his voice and the guitar which are then repeated as he sings and plays along. He uses this smart technique, for which he also explains the function towards the end of the concert, in quite many songs. It allows him to widen his sound and makes you feel as if you have more than a guy playing guitar in front of you. He also plays a beautiful version of “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King where the audience all excited sings along.
Alejandro Reyes sings beautifully in French, English and also Spanish as he has Chilean origins. It’s not easy to switch from one to the other since all languages have different sounds but he does great! When he covers Enrique Iglesias‘s song “El Perdon”, well that’s pretty sexy and charming and you can hear the girls screaming. When he sings in Spanish you melt down, the sweetness the charm he’s got it all.
He plays a new song in French called “Malaika” written for the refugees and which has a a sort of Arabish print, quite interesting and nice to listen to!
He also leaves place for the audience to sing along with him, mainly when he plays the covers and his most well known song “The Only One”. He plays the latter in its first very jazzy version, nicer than the pop and commercial version he had to do for the Swiss radios…
Towards the end it gets all rock n’ roll when he plays his more lively songs and also a great version of “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. He plays two more covers: a bit of “Hold Back The River” by James Bay and a stunning version of “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran. For his own lyrics and the style of music he seems to take inspiration from the British singer who also mixes different styles of music in his songs.
At the very end after he is done, the public acclaims him and so he plays one last acoustic song unplugging the guitar so that’s just him and his voice. A talented guy who deserves all the attention! Thank you to him and the Cave du Bleu Lézard for this touching night 🙂