Lianne La Havas - 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'
Blissful melodies which lack conviction
There are plenty of jazz inflections and echoing smoky vocals, which is undoubtedly where the Triana and CBR comparisons come from, and a rising and falling energy. The up-tempo pop moments are over-layered and jarring, packed with a host of bleeps and chopped samples (see: ‘Forget’). Meanwhile, the second half of the record is sped right down and bleeds into what can only be described as blissed-out-ness.
La Havas’ melancholic moments (see: ‘Gone’) are where she’s at her strongest by far, though it can all feel a bit superficial rather than as if she’s tapping into any kind of gut-wrenching emotion. There are enough dreamlike melodies to sustain your attention rather than zoning out completely, but in reality it’s all just very comfortable.
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