AOTY 2020
Lianne La Havas - Blood
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #416 / 914
User Score
Based on 217 ratings
2015 Ratings: #65
Liked by 6 people
July 31, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Neo-Soul, Pop Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly
On her latest album, she separates herself from the pack. The 10-track set draws on her Jamaican and Greek ancestry by combining easygoing beach vibes with lyrical allusions to mythology.
80
PopMatters
The steps forward here are borderline transcendent for an artist who once appeared to have no problem fading into the back, blending in with the noises and the pain around her.
80
Drowned in Sound

Although Blood only features ten predominantly short songs, the myriad flashes of brilliance render the album’s brevity irrelevant.

80
Exclaim!
More than anything, she's now proven she's able to step out from behind the guitar and deliver great songs without a care for genre margins.
80
AllMusic
La Havas goes for a bigger, bolder, more produced sound without glossing over her singer/songwriter/guitarist origin.
80
DIY
Occupying a sonic space between old-school jazz and the newest of inspirations, La Havas is able to cherry pick the sweetest sounds from her musical DNA.
77
Pitchfork

Whereas Is Your Love Big Enough? looks outward for validation, Blood is dynamic and poignantly self-assured in its introspection.

75
Consequence of Sound

Blood lets her edge away from safety, and it wouldn’t be surprising if her next move takes an even sharper turn.

70
The Line of Best Fit
Her music has definitely progressed, and she's found a deeper, broader sound. It is somehow stuck, however. All the component parts seem present, but they don’t quite add up to a greater whole.
70
Rolling Stone
On her second album, she still strums and fingerpicks like an alt-folkie, but that new sound you hear is bass, and plenty of it.
70
musicOMH
Big isn’t always better, but it tends towards triumph here.
60
The Guardian
A gorgeous voice, let down slightly by tame songwriting.
Houdanny
83
Raised up heavily by the powerful vocal performances, Blood is a funky and rich array of RnB songs that breeze along blissfully.

Standout: Midnight
Favs: Grow, What you don’t do, Tokyo, Good Goodbye, Green & Gold, Unstoppable,
Least fav: Wonderful
winitheju
87
Still silky smooth. Still a great listen
Gupla
NR
Con esa gran voz como mayor destreza, Lianne La Havas sigue dando pasos agigantados con Blood, un material mucho más fuerte y valiente, que media entre geniales y pegadizas melodías, con el afán de sonar más conmocionada y sonriente. Las magnitudes entre una instrumentación tan bien lograda y la combinación de una voz privilegiada y radiante, logran dejar al material como una pieza realmente natural, en la perfecta combinación de ambos aspectos. ... read more
Juhmikay
80
A marked improvement over the last album, songs stand out more individually and feel like they have more purpose.
The first half of the album sounds like Lianne is bursting out of herself with expression.

The mixing is impeccable, Lianne's voice is wonderful, a real experience of a listen.
yognak
80
Favorite Tracks : Unstoppable, What You Don’t Do, Tokyo, Wonderful, Grow, Ghost.
Least Favorite Track : Never Get Enough
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Track List

  1. Unstoppable
  2. Green and Gold
  3. What You Don't Do
  4. Tokyo
  5. Wonderful
  6. Midnight
  7. Grow
  8. Ghost
  9. Never Get Enough
  10. Good Goodbye
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Added on: April 24, 2015