And Then Life Was Beautiful

Nao - And Then Life Was Beautiful
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #153 / 608
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Based on 145 ratings
2021 Ratings: #330
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‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’ truly is a true celebration of R&B, yet – despite its nostalgic nods – Nao has still created a record that doesn’t sound like anyone else.

The Forty-Five

The result ... is a vibrant and affecting third album, which defies expectations with its organic message of uplift and tender reminder of the benefits of slowing down.

The Guardian

Plenty of new albums are considering life with Covid, but few of them are as sensual and gorgeous as this.

The Independent

The result is a singer who sounds more intimate than ever.


Stepping back from the album, analysing the lyrics and the underlying details, allows you to fully appreciate its glory as a work of art.

The Line of Best Fit

Her unique tone continues to radiate from track to track, gliding in layers over comparatively lightweight electronic production – a marked difference from her previous two records.

The Observer

The Grammy-nominated Londoner takes things to the next level with this impeccably on point third album.


While shining and untroubled moments also occur later, And Then Life Was Beautiful more often confronts a failing relationship and reckons with personal shortcomings.

After rediscovering her creative spark, Nao turns her organic-sounding third album into a kaleidoscopic testament to the pains and pleasures of modern love and the healing process they inspire.

And Then Life Was Beautiful shimmers in the heat of the summer just gone, and strikes a good balance between exhortation and introspection.

The Arts Desk

These songs feel genuinely warm and life-affirming. Yet sometimes they lack the immediacy of her previous work.

This album is very much in the vein of Saturn rather than For All We Know, which I preferred because of its “wonky funk” (Nao’s own words) sounds. There hasn’t been much evolution in terms of the sound world between Saturn and this, it still fits the somewhat slow synthpop and R&B profile.
When the album opens and one of the first lyrics is “2020 hit us differently”, I couldn’t keep a straight face because that’s such a corny lyric. Also the ... read more
Em seu terceiro disco, And Then Life Was Beautiful, a cantora, compositora e produtora inglesa Nao entrega a sua própria visão de felicidade. “‎A vida não é perfeita,” disse a artista em um comunicado de imprensa. “É isso que a vida é, e você continua vivendo. Mas, acima de tudo, você tenta entrar em um lugar de gratidão para que você possa ver a vida em toda a sua beleza”, ela completou. Trabalhando ... read more
There's so much warmth on this album and it remains engaging for most of it though I do want to hear something a bit more out there for Nao after this and Saturn. Still a lovely album with great lyrics, production and vocals.
Faves:Burn Out, Better Friend, Postcards
. A música representa como Nao, e talvez todos nós, tivemos que desacelerar no ano passado. Essas músicas parecem um lembrete de como isso pode ser importante. ❤️
I fell in love with Saturn when I first heard it a few odd years ago. R&B has long been one of my favorite genres, and I particularly have a fondness for the artists who take it beyond its boundaries --- SZA, Solange, and Kelela for example. Nao covered an interesting ground for me because the production in her music was fascinating if at times grating. Saturn was a gorgeous piece of music, and while her earlier discography didn't really captivate me I was excited to see what she had in ... read more
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Track List

  1. And Then Life Was Beautiful
  2. Messy Love
  3. Glad That You're Gone
  4. Antidote (feat. Adekunle Gold)
  5. Burn Out
  6. Wait
  7. Good Luck (feat. Lucky Daye)
  8. Nothing's for Sure
  9. Woman (feat. Lianne La Havas)
  10. Better Friend
  11. Postcards (feat. serpentwithfeet)
  12. Little Giants
  13. Amazing Grace
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Added on: July 29, 2021