Paris has a special place in Tobias Jesso Jr's heart - it was here he played his first concert in front of a large audience - and there's no doubt the city has a soft spot for Tobias too - his concert at La Gaïte Lyrique on Tuesday sold out completely (it was moved from Le Carmen, a smaller club, to Gaite's largest hall).

A polite yet psyched audience divided itself between the available seating and full front stage, with Flo Morrissey providing an excellent warm-up to the Canadian singer-songwriter's show. Playing a set of seven songs (including her single 'Pages of Gold' and a cover of Nouvelle Vague's 'In a Manner of Speaking'), she delivered an amazing performance, with her big voice contrasting her timidity when trying to address the audience in French - something she did quite well, I must add.

Following a brief interval, Tobias Jesso Jr emerged from stage left with a glass of red wine in his hand (which he spilt all over the floor, twice) and a smile as big as his much publicised height. Greeting the public, he didn't sit at the piano, but proceeded to pick Flo's guitar up to open the gig with 'The Wait': "Now I know why I don't do this often," he declared at the end of the song. "You're all looking at me -- there [pointing at the piano] I'm hidden."

'Can We Still Be Friends' and 'True Love' followed, not without him explaining it wasn't his decision to drop the latter from his debut album Goon. He actually addressed the audience quite a lot, saying random things like "you guys get Cheers here in France?" in the middle of an instrumental bridge, and even laughing at his false starts. The atmosphere was cosy, and although the stage at La Gaite is anything but small, it sort of felt like we were guests in his living room, just a few friends gathering for a glass of - spilt - wine and some (great) tunes.

Tobias is his own comic-relief; humming the metal section in 'Hollywood' while we were still collecting pieces of our broken hearts from the floor - mine broke about thirty seven times - made everyone break out in laughter. Tobias may only need a piano and his voice to paint a picture of broken dreams, contempt, abandonment, and cruel self-searching odysseys that we immediately place in a "dream is over" set, or an aftermath to a party that violently reveals the ugliest moments of the night before, the moment he stops, he's grinning like the world's biggest, well, goon.

A special note for 'Crocodile Tears' - one of my personal favourites - which managed to find its place in his set after someone at a previous show shouted at him, "fuck mate, you're not playing fucking 'Crocodile Tears'?" - so he decided to give it a shot. He couldn't remember the lyrics to the first verse though, and nobody in the audience seemed to be able to lend him a hand, so he ended up humming through it: "I'm so sorry, I haven't played this in months!"

Also, a special mention to the two covers, Big Star's 'Thirteen' and Ray Charles's 'Georgia On My Mind', which found their place amongst the "big hits" ('Just a Dream' and 'Without You' - of which he mentioned that the guy in the video is actually "my ex-girlfriend's husband. I went to their wedding"), and the obvious closer 'How Could You Babe', during which he urged the audience to sing along: "Do it loud! You'll feel better."

Before the last number, however, Tobias let us know he wasn't a man of encores: "I prefer saving your time, and mine, and just do the whole thing right away, instead of waiting back there - sometimes behind a curtain - trying to figure out if the clapping is loud enough for me to return." So it was with surprise we saw him returning seconds after having left the stage saying "ok, I'd heard the clapping -- but I had never heard the stomping before [people were stomping their feet very loudly]. So I figured you guys deserved it." And with that he picked up Flo's guitar one more time and played a new song he wrote about his mother (whose story is now part of the vox populi domain since it became part of Tobias'). "Actually it's more about myself than her," he confessed. A beautiful, simple tune which I'm sure left no dry eye in the house.

The human body and mind has a remarkable way of forgetting excruciating pain and letting go; Tobias Jesso Jr is proof that the process can often be translated into a wonderful experience. This show was proof.