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Interesting conceptual piece....
on March 10, 2012
I see that there were a few people who decided to shell out the twelve dollars (plus tax) to listen to this elusive and beautiful, new British songbird.
Lianne La Havas has beautiful roots. She is half Jamaican and half Greek, and I especially hear her "Greek-ness" in some of the guitar arrangements, here. The two versions of "Forget," featured here, are tender, poignant and kind of detached. I am not sure if it was really the chosen melody or heartbroken lyrics, but, it left me cold. No doubt about it, Lianne's voice is beautiful, smokey and soulful. Her intonation is a little on the muddled side, and production values could have been better, here.
Au Cinema (At the Cinema) is more like it. This is the introspective, haunting and tender sound we have come to expect from her, as seen in her videos on YouTube. She is warm, sensitive, soulful, yet, very controlled. This young woman is wise beyond her years (she is in her early twenties). "Same As Me," unfortunately, does nothing for me, musically. It is forgettable and really mediocre.
I do not regret buying this. Hopefully, the next album will have more cuts - at the price I paid, it really wasn't worth it.