Squeeze, with their more discreet arrangements, fared tons better in the open-air arena. Turning “Black Coffee in Bed” into a sing-along could have been a bad beginning — yet another oldies act phoning it in. But the band played it straight from then on, surging through a career’s worth of hits (“Take Me I’m Yours,” “Goodbye Girl,” “Up the Junction,” “Pulling Mussels [From the Shell]”) with power-pop rigor, only occasionally losing Chris Difford’s deeper vocals in the mix (to be most missed when he took the lead for “Cool for Cats”). Keyboardist Stephen Large (from Tilbrook’s solo band) upped the blues quotient, meeting Tilbrook’s guitar more than halfway with a rich organ sound on “Slap and Tickle” and “Tempted.” Did the band always have this much soul and funk hidden in their deep pop? Probably. Did Tilbrook miss one of the modulations up in “Annie Get Your Gun”? Maybe, but it takes a fan of mumble-mumble years to notice. And this one didn’t mind much.
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