Lianne La Havas - 'Blood'

8/10

After the release of her debut album 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' back in 2012 resulted in a vast array of accolades for the young singer, including a nod for the Mercury Prize that year, Lianne La Havas has returned to deliver her follow-up, and guessing by the level of expectation this time round, is probably looking to be her most highly-anticipated release so far.

Having initially blown us away with 'Impossible', the lead single and this album's opener, we all had an idea of what to expect from this new full-length. But for those that have based their opinions on those singles, they will be extremely surprised to hear that 'Blood' is a far more fluid and flexible release. Taking influences from a variety of sources, 'Blood' aims to be cacophony of soothing melodies, each with their own pace and rhythm.

It is certainly refreshing to hear an album that lets the vocalist at its focus spread their creative wings and give us a real taste of their capabilities and preferences. La Havas has really come out of her shell on this new record and it is that freedom that makes for such an inviting listen.

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