Album Review: Lianne La Havas – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
When an artist has the backing of some of the music industry’s biggest names, you know the future is looking pretty bright. With Prince and Stevie Wonder as fans and Zane Lowe choosing ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ as his ‘Hottest Record In The World’, Lianne La Havas has already earned herself huge respect with muso’s worldwide…
For a debut album, La Havas shows musical maturity way beyond her 22 years, creating a beautifully constructed album with thought, depth and true heartfelt meaning. Take the first time you heard Adele’s ‘21’ or Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ - then add the timeless wonder of Tracey Chapman and Nina Simone. A new artist with stature, elegance and down to earth grace, this is an iconic album.
Kicking off with the dreamy ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’, her sound is hypnotising, with lyrics simple yet resonating. Her track ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ shows her bright side; it is up-beat and melodic whilst sharing the relationship she has with herself and her music.
Touching subjects of the heart, relationships, personal experiences and boundaries, the album glides seamlessly from one track to the next. Working with Willy Mason on ‘No Room For Doubt’, their laid-back vocals blend perfectly.
Her cover of Scott Matthews’ Ivor Novello winning track ‘Elusive’ is outstanding. As she sings “my destiny lies in the hands that set me free,” you know that La Havas has left her mark on every person that listens to this album.
Classically talented with today’s new age production, ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ shines. You can feel the love, hard work and pure perfection that has gone into every second. There are no cut corners and certainly nothing rushed or manufactured. Lianne La Havas has created something truly special, smoothly diverse and deeply beautiful. Enjoy every note. Hear every word. Feel every emotion. This is just the very start.
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Words: Carly Wilford (@CarlyWilford)