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Lianne La Havas - 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'

Blissful melodies which lack conviction

Lianne La Havas - 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'

Album Info

  • Release Date: July 9, 2012
  • Producer: Matt Hales
  • Label: Warner
  • Fact: Matt Hales is better known as 'Aqualung'
5 / 10 Extremely eager to shrug off unwanted comparisons to the likes of Andreya Triana (and, at worst, Corinne Bailey Rae), 22-year-old Londoner Lianne La Havas has got herself some show-stealing synths for her debut album.

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.
Kieran Yates

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Video: Lianne La Havas - 'Forget'

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