Lianne La Havas – Blood

Blood_by_Lianne_La_HavasLianne La Havas just has one of those voices.  It has a distinctive tone and depth that makes it hard to mistake her for anyone else.   I was expecting not to like this album, her second,  but found myself liking it almost instantly.  Its not all funky beats, there are some guitar-based and rockier tracks where at times I am reminded of Skunk Anansie.   She can let rip with her voice or bring it down to quietness, sometimes in the same song, but every time her soulful voice cuts through it all to stand out.  Its easy to see what Prince saw in her with her contributions to his album Art Official Age, and as a songwriter she clearly has talent. I look forward to her next album, and will probably seek out the first one. Soulful, jazzy and a bit rocky at times – in a good way.

Standout track : Unstoppable – if the opening track doesn’t grab you nothing will.

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