Lianne La Havas - Lianne La Havas
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Based on 27 reviews
2020 Ratings: #114 / 809
Year End Rank: #42
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2020 Ratings: #17
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It makes perfect sense that this is her first self-titled album, despite being her third overall; it feels like this is the album La Havas was destined to make. Truly captivating.
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.
La Havas makes it all flow and mesh by revisiting each moment like it's the present, using apt metaphors related to plant life and seasonal cycles, and most importantly, by not overselling a single emotion.
Spectrum Culture

Lianne La Havas is the quintessential self-titled record – one that, like Prince’s best work, demonstrates the artist’s range while existing as a cohesive statement of purpose.

Under The Radar

In creating a record that is so unabashedly true to herself La Havas delivers her best work yet.

Entertainment Weekly

Her latest release — simply, Lianne La Havas — signals a shift away from the acoustic theatrics of 2012's Is Your Love Big Enough and 2015’s Blood into pared-down poetic complexity with a mix of left leaning pop and high-voltage electric blues.

British soul artist Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself on her self-titled new album. It's a mesmerizing mix of spirituality and sensuality.
Lianne La Havas's eponymous third sees the Londoner stray far from the neo-soul traditionalism of her first two albums, swapping in hypnotic guitar parts, mystical melodies, and even Radiohead covers.

Not to say Lianna La Havas is a sonic shock: it's evolution not revolution, putting its author's sound deeper into her own context.

Slant Magazine

The album instantly feels more purposeful than its predecessor: Where Blood can feel labored over, perhaps too hungry for hits, Lianne La Havas isn’t seemingly beholden to such expectations.

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.

Lianne La Havas was already a fantastic album. Any songwriter would be lucky to write something this articulate, or arrange something so considered. But La Havas’ vocal abilities showcase the merits of this album in a way that many other artists can’t achieve.

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.
Her most satisfying and complete work to date.
The Telegraph
A jazzy, soulful, understated account of breakup and recovery, that shimmers like a gorgeous summer groove and lets La Havas’s tender singing and cryptic lyrics carry the bittersweet emotion.

It’s true that Lianne La Havas does lull in places, and the vocals do rescue her from a tight spot on more than one occasion, but you get the sense that this is a record which you really have to live with and invest time in before you’re lucky enough to appreciate its myriad charms.

The Observer
While there are still nods to the polite dinner-party soundtrack feel of her early work – the string-drenched Courage, for example – this is a much bolder statement of intent.
Beats Per Minute

If nothing else, Lianne La Havas should be a testament to one of the best songwriters occupying that intersection of pop, R&B, and art rock right now.

The Needle Drop
Lianne La Havas' self-titled album is fittingly her boldest yet.
The Young Folks
This album is just very lovely, and it’s full of gratitude for the past, as messy as it may sometimes be. It doesn’t reinvent any wheels, it’s just very, very lovely.
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.
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.
No Ripcord
Most of all, it’s more music that features La Havas’ exquisite voice, her ear for soulful textures, and solid songwriting. I don’t think that you could ask for much more.

La Havas's third full-length record is fluid with feeling, and evidence that she has fully come into her own. Lianne La Havas is a masterpiece of vulnerability charting the path of a heart in the throes of new love.

Q Magazine
It's been five years since her last record, but Lianna La Havas hasn't taken that time to radically reinvent her sound.
Her voice has an emotive power that can evoke both Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, rarely showboating yet always impactful. It means 'Lianne La Havas' is never dull. But her lyrics just don't take those same risks. It feels almost too polite.
at one point - any point - of any song, it suddenly clicks, and you understand the value of the material (listen to her cover of radiohead’s "weird fishes" for full astonishment).

Lianne La Havas' self titled album is a half decade built journey of courage and a newborn butterfly.
A flower grows beautifully then lugubriously dries out. In order to reborn into an attractive blossom, it has to rebuild itself. Getting help by environmental influences like the rain & sunlight, it newly starts to thrive again. The exact same thing can be said of humans like us. While we grow up as a kid everything is fine, but when you get more old we sometimes have to face negative events & difficult things we need to overcome, at worst some have to suffer from emotional instability. ... read more
簡而精 is a Chinese phrase that means "simple but refined". It is a wonderful word to roll out from the tongue, and it is a perfect adjective to represent this wonderful album.

The word includes 3 parts of pronunciations in Cantonese:

1. 簡 (gan), meaning "simple", which starts off spoken in a neutral vocal range, going upward.
2. 而 (yi), meaning "but/and", which sets at a very low tone, in contrast to the first letter.
3. 精 (zing), meaning ... read more
In Lianne's follow up to her highly praised album "Blood", we encounter what is the embodiment of evolution. This album is not just more driven and more ambitious than her previous work, but each track sounds like it they have more mass and depth in the way they are composed. They all sound much more lush, possibly even magical, thanks to the fusion of live instrumentation with atmospheric synths. It's dreamy Neo-Soul at it's finest.

Despite my praise for the production, I have to ... read more
How this album only has five ratings (as I am writing this) baffles me. Lianna La Havas' voice is one of the most soothing things my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing. This isn't really a review as such, it's more of an appreciation post for Lianna La Havas and this album.
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Track List

  1. Bittersweet (Full Length)
  2. Read My Mind
  3. Green Papaya
  4. Can't Fight
  5. Paper Thin
  6. Out Of Your Mind (Interlude)
  7. Weird Fishes
  8. Please Don't Make Me Cry
  9. Seven Times
  10. Courage
  11. Sour Flower
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Added on: May 4, 2020