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Alternative & Indie - Released July 9, 2012 | Nonesuch

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 31, 2015 | Warner Records

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After she completed extensive touring in support of Is Your Love Big Enough?, Lianne La Havas visited Jamaica with her native Jamaican mother and connected with distant relatives. Additionally inspired by her Greek roots through her father -- hence the album's title -- and possibly fortified by her experiences recording with Prince, Alt-J, and Tourist, Blood is no mere rehash of the Top Five U.K. debut that preceded it. Matt Hales, aka Aqualung, remains on board as a production and co-writing partner, but he contributes to fewer songs. Among the collaborators here are Stephen McGregor (son of Freddie McGregor), retro-soul specialist Jamie Lidell, Disclosure's Howard Lawrence, and pop heavy weights Mark Batson and Paul Epworth. La Havas goes for a bigger, bolder, more produced sound without glossing over her singer/songwriter/guitarist origin. The point is made in the opener, a storybook love song about being swept away that is carried on a rhythm firmer than anything heard on the debut. On "Tokyo," La Havas' yearning and state of disorientation is intensified by hazy effects and an appealingly chunky and slow groove that wouldn't be out of place on Jessie Ware's Devotion. "Midnight" and "Ghost" likewise wouldn't have the same resonance if merely sung and strummed, while "Never Get Enough" enters discretely but repeatedly veers into a dissonant stomp of lust and vexation. A few moments, like the wistful "Wonderful" and candid closer, are as hushed and restrained as the first album's highlights. The most vivid autobiographical song is "Green & Gold," a standout Lidell collaboration referencing La Havas' growth into an adult who is proud and understanding of her background and identity. This work leaves the debut, impressive as it was, in the dust. ~ Andy Kellman
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 31, 2015 | Warner Records

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

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Soul - Released July 17, 2020 | Warner Records

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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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Soul - Released May 18, 2020 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 12, 2016 | Warner Records

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Soul - Released June 24, 2020 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 14, 2015 | Warner Records

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Soul - Released May 4, 2020 | Warner Records

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

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Soul - Released March 3, 2020 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 5, 2015 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 6, 2012 | WM UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 23, 2015 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 25, 2015 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 14, 2015 | Warner Records

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