Review: Blood by Lianne La Havas

Blood by Lianne La HavasIt wouldn’t be fair to call Blood, the second album from British songstress Lianne La Havas, the “pop record”. Sure, it is, by all means, much more accessible than her debut – Is Your Love Big Enough? may be evocative and enchanting, but it bordered on MOR gloop sometimes. This time she plays with an expanded sonic palette: the dance soul of “Unstoppable”, the irresistible doo-wop of “What You Don’t Do”, all more welcoming but without losing sight of what she does best. The tracks on Blood are still delicate: all the new layers just make it more so. You can still lose yourself into this. However, Blood is filled with experimentation: like in her first record, Lianne is still restless, and some of the risks she takes end up blowing you off (see the surprisingly glitchy “Never Get Enough”). Still, if you’re a fan of the first, you’ll like the second. And if you haven’t heard her before, this album offers something to get yourself lost in. [NB]4/5

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