Monday, August 6, 2012
Lianne La Havas' Debut Album Is "Outstanding," Says AP, "One of the Year’s Best"; SF Chronicle Exclaims: "Viva La Havas!"British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas' debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, was met with critical acclaim upon its UK release last month. The album, produced by Matt Hales (aka Aqualung), is out tomorrow, August 7, in the United States on Nonesuch Records and is already earning accolades on that side of the Atlantic as well.
The Associated Press calls Is Your Love Big Enough? "one of the year's best albums." AP reviewer Mesfin Fekadu says La Havas's tune "Lost & Found" is "not just amazing, but earth-shattering. And there are more stunning songs like it on her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?,” which he goes on to describe as "outstanding." Citing both La Havas and producer Hales, Fekadu concludes: "What they have crafted is not just one of the year’s best debuts, but one of the year’s best albums."
Read the complete AP review in the Washington Post at washingtonpost.com.
The New York Times made Is Your Love Big Enough? its lead Playlist review in the Sunday Times. "Whether she’s exulting in love, bemoaning its pains or exacting some revenge, there’s usually a lilt, a syncopated crosscurrent, in the songs on Lianne La Havas’s debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?," explains New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. La Havas and Hales "often assemble complex, glistening layers around a low-fi core ... It’s rhythm as resilience and life force, an innate sense of confidence that makes even her bitter songs somehow reassuring."
Read the review at nytimes.com.
La Havas "is already causing fits of excitement with the music tabloids back home" in the UK, says the San Francisco Chronicle's Aidin Vaziri. "It's easy to see why so many people are taken with Lianne La Havas ... Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? takes her earthy jazz, folk and R&B influences and applies them to a terrific range of material, from the skeletal rocker 'Forget' to a gorgeous acoustic duet with singer Willie Mason, 'No Room for Doubt' ... [I]t's hard not to want to shout, 'Viva La Havas!'" Read the complete Chronicle review at sfgate.com.
In Canada, where the album is out tomorrow as well, the Globe and Mail gives the album three-and-a-half out of four stars. Its "dozen tracks are unanimously marvelous," writes reviewer Brad Wheeler. "La Havas kills us softly with her words, strumming her pain with a gentle guitar. Her voice is supple and breathy—carved steam. I can’t imagine ever tiring of this instrument of hers." Wheeler concludes: "Arrangements are stylish throughout and there’s not a hair out of place on this auspicious premiere."
With just one day to go before the album's North American release, the album is still up for pre-order at iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include the album MP3s available starting on release day and, for a limited time, an exclusive print signed by La Havas.
Back in the UK, La Havas gave a performance of the album track “Tease Me” for the inaugural Behind Closed Doors series of private concerts in London. The video of the performance, directed by Hikari Yokoyama, was featured on Nowness. Watch it here: