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Alternative & Indie - Released December 30, 2011 | WM UK

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Soul - Released December 18, 2020 | Warner Records

Five months after the release of her magnificent and self-titled third album, Lianne La Havas offers a live interlude, made under quarantine conditions, of course, and broadcast via livestream over social networks. A former protégée of Prince, the English singer, born to a Jamaican mother and a Greek father, keeps things fairly brief on this EP, Live at The Roundhouse. Five tracks, including four excerpts from the record released during the summer of 2020. Alone, her voice stretches out languidly over a cosy acoustic guitar mat. The album Lianne La Havas, revealed a heart which was almost more folk than soul, and carried by a simple six-string line, lightly wreathed in sunlight. In this more refined live context, she is blasting in all directions! Every word, every syllable, every inflection, every flight, the sensation is hypnotic, close to that created by Joni Mitchell's records of the early 70s. No vocal line has ever been as stunning as that on Bittersweet. As for this version of Courage, it plays hide-and-seek with a bossa nova sound. In the end, a five-track release that stamps the personality of Lianne La Havas that bit more strongly, and corrects those who made her out to be just another little sister to Sade, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott or Erykah Badu ... © Marc Zisman / Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released October 10, 2011 | WM UK


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