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Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?

Wednesday 6th March / presented by Tamara Szep

Silky, smooth, like delicious chocolate, is the debut full length album “Is Your Love Big Enough” from Lianne La Havas. Born in London, she started singing when she was 7yrs old. Her father was a multi instrumentalist and she learned the basics of piano and guitar from him. At college she met Allan Rose, who was to be a great collaborating force. He introduced her to many other musicians that helped her to record her early demos and has designed the artwork for her first EP. LaHavas co-wrote ‘The Paris Parade’ with Christian Pinchbench and before heading out on her own was part of musical duo Elephant.

 
Classed as RnB, this album is so much more. Joyful jazz & heavy beats blended with a sultry, silky voice. The first track “Don’t Wake Me Up”, starts acapella before being joined by light piano, then by beats reminiscent of  Portishead, with Lianne’s velvet voice gliding over the top. Next up is the title track, an uplifting number featuring electric guitar strumming, hand clapping, finger clicking and a great rhythm section. The harmonies are contagious and you will be hard pressed
not to be singing along. Or singing it long after it’s ended. The third song on the album is also the title of LaHavas’ first EP “Lost and Found. This song is carries a deep meaning, speaking of a self awareness brought about by a bad relationship, and is hauntingly beautiful. Alternately, “Au Cinema” is fun and light, bouncing around with a jazzy sound. Sweet and happy, Lianne’s voice is amazing and this song puts a spring in your step. The same can be said for “Age”, which is light and breezey as well as being full of LaHavas’ jazzy/blues sound. “Tease Me” is playful, and particularly reminiscent of classic RnB and featuring LaHavas’ old faithful guitar in this tune accompanied only by her voice.

 
Almost all the songs on this album are guitar driven. LaHavas certainly did find herself a 2nd hand guitar and I for one am very happy about that. All the songs are excellent. Lianne’s sultry, sexy voice could be likened to Corinne Bailey Rae or Alicia Keys, and this album has an all round RnB sound similar to those artists, but is a mixed bag as it bounces around the edges of the genre, fusing jazz, blues and soul and folk, with deep beats and sweet vocals. If these genres are not your thing then this album is not for you. If they are you will find it hard to resist.

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