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Lianne La Havas "Electrifying," Says NPR's "All Things Considered"; Debut Album "Sublime," Says LA Times

  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    Lianne La Havas "Electrifying," Says NPR's "All Things Considered"; Debut Album "Sublime," Says LA Times

    Lianne La Havas' debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, released in the US this week on Nonesuch Records, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night, in a review by music critic Tom Moon.

    "It's gotten to that point in the dog days of August where the air is stale and nothing seems to be moving," says Moon. "But sometimes all it takes to snap me out of a late-summer heat coma is the sound of a new and electrifying voice—like that of Lianne La Havas.

    Moon cites as "wondrous and fresh" the album track "Au Cinema" and finds: "There are lots of different moods on Is Your Love Big Enough?. Just when you're appreciating the sly, low-key, Nina Simone aspects of her work, La Havas turns around and belts like a TV talent-show contestant—except that her material is more substantial, her melodies more arresting."

    Read more and listen to the review at npr.org. And listen to the album in full this week as an NPR First Listen, also at npr.org.

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    The Los Angeles Times calls the album "sublime."

    While there may be no shortage of love songs in the world, says reviewer Ernest Hardy, "Artists like 22-year-old Lianne La Havas, whose sublime debut CD, Is Your Love Big Enough?, was released Tuesday, remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production."

    He goes on to extoll the "gorgeous heart beating at the core of her Sade-smooth, guitar-based soul-pop" and describes the track "No Room for Doubt," a duet with Willy Mason, as "thrilling for being a pitch-perfect artistic match ... It’s one of the best duets in years."

    Hardy concludes: "This has already been a great year for women in music, and with Is Your Love Big Enough?, Miss La Havas vaults right to the big leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is."

    Read the complete review at latimes.com.

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    Is Your Love Big Enough? is the featured album this week on Logo's After Ellen New Music column. "About a year ago, one of you dear readers told me about the magnificence that is Lianne La Havas," writes reviewer Mia Jones. "[H]er debut is finally here and—to my great relief—it exceeded my already-high expectations and has landed a spot in my favorite albums of 2012." Read the review at afterellen.com.

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    To pick up a copy of the album, go to iTunes or Amazon, or head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the album and, for a limited time, an exclusive print signed by La Havas.

on August 9, 2012 - 11:21am
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Lianne La Havas' debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night. "[S]ometimes all it takes to snap me out of a late-summer heat coma," says NPR's Tom Moon, "is the sound of a new and electrifying voice—like that of Lianne La Havas." The Los Angeles Times calls the album "sublime," saying: "[W]ith Is Your Love Big Enough?, Miss La Havas vaults right to the big leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is."

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Lianne La Havas' debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, released in the US this week on Nonesuch Records, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered last night, in a review by music critic Tom Moon.

"It's gotten to that point in the dog days of August where the air is stale and nothing seems to be moving," says Moon. "But sometimes all it takes to snap me out of a late-summer heat coma is the sound of a new and electrifying voice—like that of Lianne La Havas.

Moon cites as "wondrous and fresh" the album track "Au Cinema" and finds: "There are lots of different moods on Is Your Love Big Enough?. Just when you're appreciating the sly, low-key, Nina Simone aspects of her work, La Havas turns around and belts like a TV talent-show contestant—except that her material is more substantial, her melodies more arresting."

Read more and listen to the review at npr.org. And listen to the album in full this week as an NPR First Listen, also at npr.org.

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The Los Angeles Times calls the album "sublime."

While there may be no shortage of love songs in the world, says reviewer Ernest Hardy, "Artists like 22-year-old Lianne La Havas, whose sublime debut CD, Is Your Love Big Enough?, was released Tuesday, remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production."

He goes on to extoll the "gorgeous heart beating at the core of her Sade-smooth, guitar-based soul-pop" and describes the track "No Room for Doubt," a duet with Willy Mason, as "thrilling for being a pitch-perfect artistic match ... It’s one of the best duets in years."

Hardy concludes: "This has already been a great year for women in music, and with Is Your Love Big Enough?, Miss La Havas vaults right to the big leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is."

Read the complete review at latimes.com.

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Is Your Love Big Enough? is the featured album this week on Logo's After Ellen New Music column. "About a year ago, one of you dear readers told me about the magnificence that is Lianne La Havas," writes reviewer Mia Jones. "[H]er debut is finally here and—to my great relief—it exceeded my already-high expectations and has landed a spot in my favorite albums of 2012." Read the review at afterellen.com.

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To pick up a copy of the album, go to iTunes or Amazon, or head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the album and, for a limited time, an exclusive print signed by La Havas.

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Lianne La Havas: "Is Your Love Big Enough?" [cover]

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