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Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

Third album and first in five years from the English soul singer working with long-term collaborator Matt Hales

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  1. 10.0 |   music OMH

    In short, every song is an earworm, and Lianne La Havas’ third album is haunting in the way only inspiring music can claim to be; a beautiful ghost to soundtrack your life to
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  2. 9.0 |   Albumism

    In creating a lush, warm atmosphere, the album allows La Havas to mine the darker corners of love and emotional connection without the subject matter ever weighing it down — everything is delicately and artfully balanced
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  3. 9.0 |   Sungenre

    Even if unnoticed compared to her previous work, Lianne La Havas will stand as a more substantial record than what came before and proof that an artist can grow innumerably just by embracing an uncompromised sound
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  4. 8.7 |   Spectrum Culture

    La Havas’s self-titled record is perhaps her most wide-ranging yet, pushing back against critics who would pigeonhole her, and as with so many great records, categorizing it in terms of genre doesn’t do it justice
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  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    In creating a record that is so unabashedly true to herself La Havas delivers her best work yet
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  6. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    She sounds more comfortable than ever, building tight, sometimes languorous songs with a skilled band who understand her vision, and that comfort sounds great on her
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    More pensive but still a beacon of light
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    More expressive and assured than ever
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer’s self-titled third album soulfully traces the trajectory of a relationship
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Londoner’s voice takes centre stage on her impressive third album
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    British soul artist Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself on her self-titled new album. It's a mesmerizing mix of spirituality and sensuality
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  12. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    On her third album, the British singer-songwriter settles into a sense of immediacy
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    It took until album three for her to embrace her name, but the Londoner has slotted into her groove with this carefully crafted, self-titled album
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  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's evolution not revolution, putting its author's sound deeper into her own context. print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The more elemental moments - Sour Flower's mournful rustle of handclaps, cymbals and Fender Rhodes, or the intimate, guitar-led Green Papaya and Can't fight - are understated, introspective and more powerful. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is a record you’ve heard many times over, in its message and musical backdrop. But Lianne La Havas handles her songs with so much care, detail and passion that, upon hearing it, you might feel those feelings anew
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  17. 8.0 |   DIY

    Her most satisfying and complete work to date
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  18. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Intelligent, considered and articulate songwriting
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  19. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Paring her sound back to little more than her skillful guitar-playing and deep, husky voice, the London songwriter explores the aftermath of a breakup with confidence and repose
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  20. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    La Havas's third full-length record is fluid with feeling, and evidence that she has fully come into her own
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  21. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The album’s production keeps a darker thematic arc with a strongly somber edge. Even in the “happy” first half, the instrumentation cleverly foreshadows the relationship’s deterioration
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  22. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    One of the successes of this self-titled album is how La Havas has been unafraid to collaborate with lots of different mixers and performers to give a distinctive feel to each track
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  23. 6.0 |   Q

    There's a wobbly quality to La Havas's toplines that means they can get lost in the more densely instrumented tracks, yet the sparser finger-picked guitar numbers give her songwriting space to shine. Print edition only

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