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Is Your Love Big Enough?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon July 17, 2012
Lianne La Havas is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from the UK and her debut CD "Is Your Love Big Enough?" sounds just as lovely as her name. It's a blend of Soul, Jazz, and Folk, acting as a perfect backdrop to her feathery vocals which recall Erykah Badu or even Amel Larreux.

The album opens "Don't Wake Me Up" opening with a wall of multi-layered vocals before morphing into a spacey guitar-driven ballad. The title track is a guitar/hand clap-driven affair, while "Lost & Found" is a piano ballad with quivery emotive vocals which would do Adele proud, as would the spare piano ballad "Gone". "Au Cinema" is a soft ballad with twitchy sounding guitar, while "No Room For Doubt" is a tender duet with Willy Mason. "Forget" features skittery percussion and the angry lyrics "Waste all your time writing love songs, but you don't love me", while the unfussy acoustic "Age" is a spare Jazzy/Bluesy piece.

Every song stands out really; "Elusive" is a groovy ballad, "Everything Everything" is a lush Jazzy shuffle, "Tease Me" is an acoustic ballad, and closing is the catchy sunny "They Could Be Wrong", jangly Indie Pop with Havas tenderly teasing and caressing with her voice.

The album has already debuted at #4 in her native UK. Glad to see that good music can still find an audience sometimes. This album is an absolute delight!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
She can belt it out, and she can be soft and breathy. She uses a wide variety of voice qualities in her debut album. The musical arrangements are often polyrhythmic in this genre-crossing album that reflects the diverse musical influences of her childhood.

I learned of this album from a review on National Public Radio, so prospective purchasers might want to visit the NPR website to get another perspective on this artist and her first album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
WOW!!! i have not been this excited about a debut album in a very long time...she is absolutely incredible! at 57 years old, i can still crank that volume up in the car, which i did today on the song "is your love big enough?" i WILL be following her in the future...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
I love this album! I've had it for a month and still listen to it everyday! I know you'll love it :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amazing voice, arrangement, smooth and unusual transitions. Intellectual and stimulating! Not the same old mindless pop stuff. I love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
The British singer Lianne has such a beautiful, silky voice. Very special and for me hard to compare to anyone else. It took me 2 to 3 times listening before I really liked the CD. It's not everyone's taste. Actually it takes me back to the beginning of the 70th. Very nice lyrics! Almost like poetry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
WOW! was my reaction after listening to this the first time. I've gotten into a very bad habit of buying cds & putting them on my mp3 player without listening to them first so I never know what to expect of new artists. However each time one of these tracks played, I found myself smiling because it was so good & also pulling out the player so that I could check for the artist. Finally I listened to the entire album in one sitting and fell in love with it.

Lianne is a singer/songwriter whose lyrics are way beyond a 22 yr old, her vocal style is unique - smoky, airy and reminiscent of Sade on certain tracks while on others she displays strong, confident more powerful vocals. The album is also well constructed with excellent song placement and enough tempo changes so that I was never bored. I love that she is confident in her own style and didn't chase trends in order to make her music fit in with what's hot right now. These are the type of songs I'll listen to over & over and will probably reach for this album when I'm a senior citizen because they touched my heart and made me feel something.

Honestly the only 2 songs that I like but don't love are: FORGET & TEASE ME. The songs that I flipped over and keep pressing the repeat button on are: EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, DON'T WAKE ME UP, ELUSIVE, LOST & FOUND, GONE, NO ROOM FOR DOUBT & THEY COULD BE WRONG.

I hope she gets more chances to perfom in the US so that more people can be introduced to her music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
This is a pretty talented woman! She has a GREAT voice and some seriously wonderful words to impart. The music is eclectic enough to keep you wondering, upon first listen, where she may go next. I have been TRYING not to listen to this on a continuous loop and failing quite happily....This CD is more than worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
This is Lianne La Havas first full CD. Her voice and guitar playing are awesome for someone in her early twenties. The title track "Is Your Love Big Enough?", is the question put to her by her manager after noticing that the young singer was starting to gain a larger following of her music. He wanted to know if she had enough love or passion for the things that are on the horizon for her....she is blowing up! I don't want to attempt to categorize her sound, other than to say it is worth the adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
All I'm gonna say is this...

My wife and I went to her live show in Alexandria, VA a few weeks ago. I told her that I simply wanted to hug Ms. La Havas and smell her hair.

She said that she would probably do the same.

If US R&B has you wanting, give your ears some TLC and check Lianne La Havas out. Actually, after you read this review, go on YouTube, and search for "Empty- Tour Bus Session".

You're welcome.
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