Long Live The Angels

Emeli Sandé

Long Live The Angels

Second album of R&B / soul from the Aberdeenshire-born songwriter who's worked for Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Universal / Capitol
UK Release date
11/11/2016
US Release date
11/11/2016
  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    Certain listeners might bemoan the shortage of uptempo belters here, but one attentive and thorough listen presents a clear justification
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  2. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s a lack of obvious singles — Hurts has orchestral heft, Highs & Lows is efficient R&B — but it’s a captivating comeback
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Underpinning all her invention are the gospel roots which break the surface of “Breathing Underwater” and find their most satisfying resolution in “Sweet Architect”
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  4. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    The jewel in this angelic crown is the majestic 'Breathing Underwater'. It retains Emeli's trademark balladry but transports it higher than it's ever been before
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  5. 7.0 |   The Music

    It's undeniably less immediate than her previous works but, with time, it may actually prove even more rewarding
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  6. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    While Sandé may not hit any highs higher that what we heard on Our Version of Events, Long Live the Angels gives the neo-soul belter plenty of scenery to chew
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  7. 6.0 |   Q

    Sandé's second album doesn't always sound quite so revelatory: anguished intensity often masks a lack of musical spark. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   The FT

    The singer’s style goes from restrained to grand in album that brings a greater definition to her
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Sandé’s second album shifts into the more downbeat territory of lovelorn confessionals
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  10. 6.0 |   NME

    Behold a slightly different Emeli Sandé to the one who was, five years ago, as ubiquitous as shoes
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  11. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A collection of songs saturated in heartache and loss
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Her towering voice – sometimes, as on Hurts, quivering with the aftershock of her recent divorce – is frequently complemented by the sparsest possible backing
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  13. 5.4 |   Pitchfork

    Too much of Long Live the Angels just feels turgid
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