It begins slowly and acoustically in a style more in tune with the endearing timidity of Is Your Love Big Enough?. Her music joyful, poised, and classy, and her strong songwriting -- filled with clever metaphors and Lianne La Havas is a breath of fresh air. The album takes numerous influences from musical genres including pop, reggae and old-school jazz whilst its production has been characterised as containing, light chimes and heavy brass. I seemed to feel better as I did each part of this album. Her backing vocals, in particular, are dizzyingly audacious, a cascade of multi-tracked voices that lend psychedelic depth and texture to songs that might otherwise be in danger of wearing out very quickly.
Clearly she is blossoming as a vocalist, her development no doubt helped by recent songwriting and performing encounters with Prince. During La Havas' time in Jamaica, she attempted to regain a connection with her roots, the exploration inspired La Havas to begin writing the follow up to her debut. Lianne La Havas, a Prince-endorsed U. A similarly airy Brio haunts Au Cinema as well, but underneath the slight guitar and expertly practised harmonies so evocative of lazy summer afternoons, a slightly darker feeling lurks. This principled approach means that Latin tinged Forget shuffles anxiously, whilst Gone is a piano and pencil spot throwback to when late night clubs were still smoky, with the singer delivering a spine tingling evocation of the honey-and-barb tones of Whitney Houston at her pre-addiction apex. An overall impression of class pervades but somehow has the ambience of an expensive hotel lobby.
Following her performance at Glastonbury and the announcement of her North American tour Lianne La Havas confirmed she would embark on a tour across Ireland and the United Kingdom, the tour would take place during December 2015 and would visit Dublin, Olympia Theatre; Birmingham, The Institute; Bournemouth, O2 Academy; Cambridge, Corn Exchange; Bristol, O2 Academy; Glasgow, O2 Academy; Manchester, Albert Hall; Leeds, O2 Academy; and Brixton, O2 Academy. During her stay in Jamaica Lianne met with reggae producer who would subsequently go on to help produce the album. Whereas Is Your Love Big Enough? A minor complaint, but it adds to the overall lack of really memorable moments on the album. Lianne sophomore album is a grace for everyone 's ears. Looking to outside help is a sign of maturity and one to be welcomed as these songs have a ring of quality about them.
As well as Epworth, 'Blood' featured production work from Mark Batson, while Aqualung's Matt Hales co-wrote the song 'Wonderful' with La Havas and Disclosure's Howard Lawrence. By so far, this is the best of her. Endorsed by a string of jaw dropping advocates - try Prince and Stevie Wonder for starters - here, the Londoner pulls off the admirably neat trick of straddling the fine line between accessibility and introspection, the album's depth a testament to making fewer compromises. So, depending on how cynical you are, the unknown La Havas either got really lucky or is a label pet pushing innocuous guitar-based soul. The British-born La Havas has the vocal chops of Beyoncé and the songwriting prowess that is matched by so few artists of her ilk. Not to mention Lianne herself, who delivered song after song of powerful belting. This album is really a great evolution from Lianne La Havas.
The subject matter is many times par-the-course for most pop songs, but Lianne like to put twists that skew a song from its assumed direction. But spend more time with it and you can hear raw potential beneath the layers of careful, big-budget production. Prior to the album's release La Havas previewed tracks from Blood at various intimate shows, starting in Brigton Komedia on 18 May, followed by London's Wilton's Music Hall on 19 May, and then dates in Amsterdam and Berlin later in that month, before going on to tour festivals. Her songs flickered with the quiet grace of acoustic-soul innovators Bill Withers and regal pop singers Sade. Also, the compositions are almost flawless.
Havas cited the album as a homage towards her Jamaican and Greek bloodline which in turn inspired the album's title. La Havas promoted the album further throughout the summer of 2015 with appearances in Swansea and Manchester as a special guest to. Be ready to give a warm welcome. There is a breezy melodicism and giddy colourfulness to her arrangements that is poppy and accessible, yet her second album has none of the digital fizz and punch of most modern chart music. On 'Grow', the instrumental commences with subdued, aural guitar strumming, then metamorphoses into an accelerated timbre on the chorus, dictated by vociferous drums. And say hello to … Ms.
Tickets for the fall shows went on sale on 26 June, and included a digital download of Blood in its entirety using a code sent by email. That's one of three bouncy tunes - along with Unstoppable and What You Don't Do - that open the record and position her as a model of poise and grace. To mindlessly say that Lianne La Havas makes 'love songs' is a crime of colossal proportions. Blood was described as a seamless album, one where the songs flow into one another with fluidity and serenity. Following the release of the album La Havas supported it with numerous tour dates and festivals including the music festival,. She does just fine without the distraction.
Get out of your seats. . The Blood of the title refers to heritage rather than emotional spillage, and you can still make out the cocktail jazz contours of songs beneath woozy soundscapes. She sounds better than ever, and it really shows. She is a dexterous guitarist and her voice is fluid and wide-ranging, a mellifluous delight capable of scaling up from tender whisper to gutsy roar. The difficult second album syndrome will doubtless come but, for now, it's time to enjoy the simple pleasure of an artist who had the strength of conviction to know she was the best judge of her own talent. Lianne sophomore album is a grace for everyone 's ears.
There are moments on Blood that recall the artistry and ambition of Jill Scott or Lauryn Hill, comparisons that have led to La Havas being described as a neo or nu-soul artist. Regardless of their origin there are a number of poetic turns of phrase which are catchy enough to stick with you too. Blood is an highly underrated album, it's Not only Lianne La Havas is an amazing singer but she's also an excellent song-writer and guitarist. Title Writer s Producer s Length 1. No sooner will the dust have settled than label executives will be pointing westward in the hope of replicating the monstrous success of 21. Cheer as loud as you can. Blood finds La Havas considering her Jamaican and Greek roots — the Blood of the title, a song called Green and Gold — and tackling romance from a wide array of approaches, from classy soul-jazz shimmers to the sulky electronic rock of Never Get Enough.
Yet there is something tepid about the overall emotional temperature. At the tender age of 25, Lianne Charlotte Barnes is returning to her roots, as the title of her follow-up to Is Your Love Big Enough? Not often do you hear how a song is sung, alter the meaning in this way. She manages to express Blood is the definition of a soulful voice and person. Plucking out rhythm lines that sounded like bossa nova gone rockabilly, she sang about love's ups and downs in a voice that moved from gold to gravel in a blink, intertwining strength and vulnerability. Concluding a cohesively stellar album, La Havas provides a 'good' sonic goodbye.