Soulful songbird Lianne La Havas’ smooth, smokey voice will take you to “another galaxy.” Her sophomore release Blood, mesmerizes with influences of jazz, r&b, world, and pop music. It’s a record you won’t be able to stop playing (she’s a favorite of Prince, so ’nuff said). Lucky for you kids, I have a vinyl copy of Blood to give away.
The British singer was born to a Greek father and Jamaican mother, a background that La Havas explored while writing Blood. On the slinky single “Green and Gold,” La Havas sings about staring at her “nose in the mirror,” and the eyes that let her see where she came from.
While visiting Jamaica, the singer was struck by how integral music was to the culture. La Havas told NPR that the trip led her to explore playing and experimenting with her sound, style and vocal range. Specifically on the trumpeting single “Midnight,” which reflects her sonic experience on the island.
Blood also features softly sweet ballads commemorating ex-lovers. On “Wonderful” La Havas sings of a past relationship that, despite its ending, was wonderful while it lasted. Alas, some things just aren’t meant to be.