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The Dreaming Room

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #166 / 905
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2016 Ratings: #213
Liked by 1 person
June 17, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sony / Label
Art Pop / Genres / Website
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With The Dreaming Room, Mvula has mined her personal conflicts to yield beautiful, boundary-pushing artistry. It's fearless, meditative, soulful and buoyant all at once.


Written and produced primarily with Troy Miller, who she met while working on the soundtrack for 12 Years a Slave, it's another categorically evasive set that updates and amalgamates traditional forms of blues, jazz, R&B, and orchestral pop. For all its unearthly charm, it nurtures the soul.

The Guardian

Llike Joanna Newsom, Mvula pulls the listener along with her through the most serpentine songs: however winding their routes, the melodies are almost always beautiful; however much the musical scenery shifts, it is always striking.


With Sing To The Moon, Laura Mvula set a new standard for 21st century soul. With this follow-up, she’s raised that standard higher.


Laura Mvula has proved emphatically that her debut was no one-off and this highly accomplished return establishes her further as a unique, captivating talent.

No Ripcord

Mvula has written a hypnotic record that provides a congenial embrace, but it also isn’t afraid to take bold action. A new star is most definitely born.


Her second album is filled with her rich and moving voice and is laden with sonic surprises.


Mvula didn’t make The Dreaming Room a mirror image of her initial bow. Instead, she tries to bridge the gap between the highbrow classicism of Moon and the electronic thrust of 2010s pop.

‘The Dreaming Room’ is an enormously frustrating record, as Mvula clearly has it in her to be an incredible artist. But at this point in her career, she remains a orchestra in need of a conductor.
Confesso que não terminei de ouvir este disco, mas apenas chegar na metade dele duas vezes foi o suficiente para enxergar que esse tipo de música tem pouco a entregar. Com um R&B eletrônico cheio de texturas e abordagens, quase nada soa coeso e sólido aqui, pior: nada soa orgânico, com substância, honesto ou real. É etéreo, digital ao ponto da artificialidade. Os vocais cheios de autotune não ajudam muito para trazer alguma vida a ... read more
Fantastic sophomore record from an overlooked soul artist.
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Track List

  1. Who I Am
  2. Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers)
  3. Bread
  4. Lucky Man
  5. Let Me Fall
  6. Kiss My Feet
  7. Show Me Love
  8. Renaissance Moon
  9. Angel
  10. People (feat. Wretch 32)
  11. Nan
  12. Phenomenal Woman
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Added on: February 5, 2016