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Lianne La Havas: 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Jul 9 2012

Lianne La Havas 'Is Your Love Big Enough'
"Does it have an Adele moment?" is a phrase being passed around all-too-often by labels these days with regards to new singer-songwriters. It's the idea that any artist who falls into the supermarket soul-pop category should be armed with a heartbreaking track with the capacity to take over the world and turn them into the new [insert legendary singer-songwriter here].

Fortunately for Lianne La Havas, she's managed to sidestep being the next anything on her debut album. Yes, she's already checked most of the rising star boxes after doing the rounds on this year's ones-to-watch lists, delivering a pitch-perfect performance on Later...with Jools Holland last year and hasn't refuted comparisons to Corinne Bailey Rae, but what lies beneath the bog-standard marketing is an entirely different beast altogether.

The difference between La Havas and her contemporaries is all in the finer details. She flits between jazz, folk and soul in the twang of her bass guitar, purrs with teenage innocence in one breath on 'Au Cinema', only to later display gut-wrenching angst on the Willy Mason-assisted 'No Room For Doubt'. She sings about love with a maturity well beyond her 22 years on 'Gone', revealing: "I heard enough fairytales back in my youth," before savagely crying: "Love is not blind, it's just deaf and it is dumb."

'Forget' is equally as blunt in her icy delivery about a rogue ex, though on this occasion it's softened by intelligent instrumental layering; while 'Age' is a cheeky wink at small-hours jazz with impeccable delivery that shows she is more than capable of laughing at herself. But while her near-flawless voice is the immediate attraction, it's the nagging feeling there's more to this woman than meets the eye that will keep you coming back.



Tracks to download: 'Is Your Love Big Enough?', 'Gone', 'Au Cinema', 'Age'
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