Album Review: Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas fans can rejoice this weekend in the wake of the release of La Havas’ long-awaited third album. The original release date was postponed in February as a result of the heightening pandemic, but this weekend listeners can relish in the reality that the wait for Lianne La Havas the album was worth every single second. Confident, pure, and stylish as fuuurk, Lianne La Havas’ self-titled record is a dream.

Opening track ‘Bitter Sweet’ is an instant classic – La Havas’ outrageously beautiful vocals are breathtaking, her notes on being in a long distance relationship astutue. Musically the track sounds Sade inspired; it’s gorgeously rich and instantly sets the tone for the rest of the album.

‘Can’t Fight’ is a stand out moment on the album. Co-written and Produced by Mura Masa in London, the track is soulful and inspired; with a punchy jazz-influenced bassline and layered, delicate vocals the track evokes California sunshine, it is a groove.

‘Paper Thin’ is a stripped back expose of La Havas’ raw talent. Lianne explains of the track, ‘This is how I want to sound. This is how I sound. I love how minimal it is.’

The record is the first to have been produced by Lianne La Havas. It is a self-titled, self-belief fuelled lesson in self-ownership. A musical wonderland, featuring a soul-infused, graceful cover of Radiohead’s ‘Weird Fishes’, throughout this record Lianne La Havas asserts herself as the strong artist that she may not have believed herself to be on her previous two albums.

La Havas’ intricately exectured voice layering and immense guitar playing gives her an edge.
There is little better in music that an artist believing in the sound they are creating. Lianne La Havas is a straight up no frills celebration of talent and musicality. The perfect soul soother if you do one thing this summer, get Lianne La Havas down your earholes.

Jessica Newsome


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