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Lianne La Havas

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With her third album, British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas once again proves that her voice is unlike anything else in this world. She unleashes its full transcendence straight out of the gate with the sexy piano R&B of "Bittersweet," going from a husky, dusky alto on the verses to soaring high above the trees on the chorus. For the dream-like "Green Papaya," she manages to match it to the ambient strings so they together sound like pouring liquid—water finding its way around rocks. Her style is soul and R&B that refuses to fit neatly into a box; no wonder Prince was a big fan and mentored her creatively in his last years. There's a Roberta Flack tenderness to "Courage" and shades of Alicia Keys on the simmering "Can't Fight," and La Havas easily branches out to cover Radiohead's "Weird Fishes," drawing out the words "eyes" and "I" to dizzying effect. Meanwhile, "Seven Days" and "Please Don't Make Me Cry"—all stuttering percussion and free-floating melody—make a solid case for the return of trip-hop. Her jazz phrasing on "Read My Mind"—magic on the line "sweet joy when a girl meets a boy"—is like an aural push-pull with the song's gentle rubber-band-bounce rhythm before the whole thing unspools into piano trills and hypnotic chanting: "What are you waiting for?" Single "Paper Thin" uses organ and laidback drums to set a slow and easy rhythm, building a safe cocoon for La Havas' fragile, low-to-the-ground delivery. "Paper-thin/God only knows the pain you're in... I know your pain is real/But you won't let it heal," she soothes. It's a cliché that music is an escape, but an apt one here. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Bittersweet Full Length
00:04:52

Elroy Powell, Vocals - Matt Hales, Composer, Producer - Isaac Hayes, Composer - Hal Ritson, Drums, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Beni Giles, Producer - Richard Adlam, Drums, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer - Rudy Love, Composer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - James Wyatt, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Yves Fernandez, Bass Guitar - Dan Grech, Mixer, Additional Programming - Dan See, Drums, Percussion - Robert Wilks, Engineer - Mariama Frida Touray, Backing Vocals - Di Fosco T. Ervin Jr., Composer

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

2
Read My Mind
00:04:48

Matt Hales, Composer, Producer, Vocal Recording Engineer - RENAUD LETANG, Mixer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Beni Giles, Producer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Chris Tabron, Keyboards - Jonny Breakwell, Assistant Engineer - James Wyatt, Piano, Fender Rhodes Keyboards, Moog - Daniel Moyler, Engineer - Yves Fernandez, Bass Guitar - Bruno Major, Composer, Guitar, Piano - Dan See, Drums, Percussion - Sam Crowe, Keyboards - Robert Wilks, Engineer

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

3
Green Papaya
00:04:05

Matt Hales, Composer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Beni Giles, Mixer, Additional Production, Additional Vocal Recording Engineer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Sam Crowe, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Fender Rhodes Keyboards, Moog, Grand Piano - Robert Wilks, Additional Vocal Recording Engineer - Frida Touray, Composer, Backing Vocals

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

4
Can't Fight
00:03:10

Matt Hales, Composer, Producer - RENAUD LETANG, Mixer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Davide Rossi, String Arranger, Cello, Viola, Violin - Beni Giles, Producer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jonny Breakwell, Assistant Engineer - Daniel Moyler, Engineer - Yves Fernandez, Bass Guitar - Mura Masa, Composer, Producer - Dan See, Drums, Percussion

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

5
Paper Thin
00:04:58

Matt Hales, Composer, Mixer, Vocal Production - Homer Steinweiss, Producer, Drums, Engineer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Joe Harrison, Producer, Engineer, Bass Guitar

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

6
Out Of Your Mind (interlude)
00:01:04

Geo, Producer - Matt Hales, Mixer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Geordan Reid-Campbell, Composer, Drums, Engineer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

7
Weird Fishes
00:05:54

Jonathan Greenwood, Composer - Rhianna Kenny, Original Arranger - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Jay Sikora, Original Arranger - Beni Giles, Producer - Colin Charles Greenwood, Composer - Edward John O'Brien, Composer - Philip James Selway, Composer - Thomas Edward Yorke, Composer - Lianne La Havas, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, MainArtist, Original Arranger - Jonny Breakwell, Additional Vocal Recording Engineer - James Wyatt, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Vocal Arranger, Claps, Vocoder, Original Arranger - Daniel Moyler, Additional Vocal Recording Engineer - Yves Fernandez, Bass, Claps - Dan Grech, Mixer, Additional Programming - Dan See, Drums, Percussion - Robert Wilks, Engineer - Frida Touray, Backing Vocals, Claps - Christopher Dagger, Original Arranger

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

8
Please Don't Make Me Cry
00:05:14

Matt Hales, Composer, Vocal Production - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Beni Giles, Additional Production, Drums Recording Engineer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Snare Drums, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Chris Tabron, Mixer - Nick Hakim, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals, Drum Programmer, Recorded by, Mini Moog, Mellotron, Wurlitzer - Dan See, Additional Drums - Robert Wilks, Drums Recording Engineer - Brandon Peralta, Assistant Mix Engineer

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

9
Seven Times
00:03:30

Matt Hales, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Drum Programmer, Fender Rhodes Keyboards - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Beni Giles, Producer, Mixer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Gareth Lockrane, Flute - Jonny Breakwell, Assistant Engineer - Daniel Moyler, Engineer - Yves Fernandez, Bass Guitar - Dan See, Drums, Percussion

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

10
Courage
00:03:38

Matt Hales, Composer, Mixer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Production - Bill Malina, Engineer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Vocal Production, MainArtist - Joe Harrison, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards - Paul Castelluzzo, Composer, Whistle - Tim McNalley, Cello, Viola - Timothy McNalley, Composer

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

11
Sour Flower
00:06:47

Matt Hales, Composer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Production - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Chris Tabron, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Mark Guiliana, Drums, Percussion - Nate Odden, Engineer - Sam Crowe, Composer, Keyboards, Piano - Brandon Peralta, Assistant Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer - Burniss Travis, Double Bass - Augusto Sanchez, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

12
Bittersweet
00:03:56

Elroy Powell, Vocals - Matt Hales, Composer, Producer - Isaac Hayes, Composer - Hal Ritson, Drums, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer - Beni Giles, Producer - Richard Adlam, Drums, Keyboards, Additional Production, Programmer - Rudy Love, Composer - Lianne La Havas, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - James Wyatt, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Yves Fernandez, Bass Guitar - Dan Grech, Mixer, Additional Programming - Dan See, Drums, Percussion - Robert Wilks, Engineer - Mariama Frida Touray, Backing Vocals - Di Fosco T. Ervin Jr., Composer

© 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. ℗ 2020 Warner Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

Album Description

With her third album, British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas once again proves that her voice is unlike anything else in this world. She unleashes its full transcendence straight out of the gate with the sexy piano R&B of "Bittersweet," going from a husky, dusky alto on the verses to soaring high above the trees on the chorus. For the dream-like "Green Papaya," she manages to match it to the ambient strings so they together sound like pouring liquid—water finding its way around rocks. Her style is soul and R&B that refuses to fit neatly into a box; no wonder Prince was a big fan and mentored her creatively in his last years. There's a Roberta Flack tenderness to "Courage" and shades of Alicia Keys on the simmering "Can't Fight," and La Havas easily branches out to cover Radiohead's "Weird Fishes," drawing out the words "eyes" and "I" to dizzying effect. Meanwhile, "Seven Days" and "Please Don't Make Me Cry"—all stuttering percussion and free-floating melody—make a solid case for the return of trip-hop. Her jazz phrasing on "Read My Mind"—magic on the line "sweet joy when a girl meets a boy"—is like an aural push-pull with the song's gentle rubber-band-bounce rhythm before the whole thing unspools into piano trills and hypnotic chanting: "What are you waiting for?" Single "Paper Thin" uses organ and laidback drums to set a slow and easy rhythm, building a safe cocoon for La Havas' fragile, low-to-the-ground delivery. "Paper-thin/God only knows the pain you're in... I know your pain is real/But you won't let it heal," she soothes. It's a cliché that music is an escape, but an apt one here. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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