A sensitive soul singer’s second-coming turning up the heat while further defining her sound.
Blood is a dark title for the sophomore album of British soul singer Lianne La Havas. Her debut LP Is Your Love Big Enough has been very well received garnering La Havas international tours and consecutive performances at yearly summer music festivals like Afropunk. Blood is a macabre title for artist that has such a soothing and gentle voice suited for sultry and romance, but like blood, her music is always full of life and emotion. This album lifts higher than romance to chants of growth and unity with songs such as “Grow” and “Midnight”, a smooth minor-key groove, where she calls to be raised as a general of her own army of Midnight warriors. “Unstoppable” is the first single from the album and a wonderful love song about…well we’ll just let you figure that out. You may want to listen to the song alone first and then follow by watching the video. “Ghost” is one of more sentimental songs that will get you ruminating on past loves while on “Good Goodbye” La Havas croons with lullaby tenderness to comfort you push through and “cheers to a good goodbye”. “Midnight” and “Can’t Get Enough” show her pushing the boundaries of the soft soul vein further and injecting some well placed distortion which is truly a bit unexpected following the sounds that we’re accustomed to from her, but very well done. Lianne recently lent vocals to Prince’s “Clouds” on his Art Official Age album released mid 2014 and performed with him on his SNL performance. La Havas has been on the incline for sometime now and continues to keep us looking forward for what she will do next. May the Midnight General be unstoppable and forever triumphant!
I just can’t escape the pull. We are unstoppable!