Three years after Lianne La Havas’ first release, Is Your Love Big Enough?, La Havas released her second album, Blood, July 31, 2015. Lianne opens up the album with her first single, “Unstoppable.” The song gives the feeling of a long walk in the park, on a summers night. The first single shows La Havas growth with more production, and a different overall sound than her acoustic sound on the first album. Lianne La Havas proves her musical prowess incorporating genres from soul, jazz, blues, rock, while still keeping true to her acoustic song-style. Blood represents La Havas “Jamaican & Greek heritage.” With songs like “Green and Gold,” Lianne La Havas pays homage to her Jamaican roots. “Those eyes you gave to me, that let me see where I come from,” La Havas brings us into her world ,expressing how her parents have shown her their culture and what makes her who she is. The next track is the singers second single “What You Don’t Do,” showing a different side of love, the good side. The singer is very confident in the lover that she has found and doesn’t have to question the love he has for her.
La Havas, shines on tracks like “Tokyo”, which has more of an indie soul vibe. She paints a beautiful picture filled with neon lights and lonely hearts. A cold night in Tokyo and the the antagonizing feeling of wanting to be closer to that special someone. The song features a guitar solo that you can’t help but get lost in. It makes you feel like you are walking down the Tokyo streets with the flashing lights.
Songs like “Grow,” show the range and control of her voice. With the hard hitting drums, Lianne La Havas matches the intensity with “Grow” and its piercing lyrics. Reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, La Havas has created a sound that the world will be yearning for. La Havas music is purely honest music. Each song curated from her heart brings the listener into her world. This album, Blood, is a story from beginning to end, and shows various chapters of Lianne’s life. As we listen to her songs and lyrics, we grow along with her.
La Havas growth expands with songs like “Wonderful,” which was co-written by one of the members of Disclosure,”Midnight,” and an album favorite “Ghost.” La Havas sticks with the lullaby formula that worked for her first album on the track “Ghost”. Sweet vocals, simple lyrics and the feeling of being lost without this person defines her feelings in the song. She brings a new element to her sound on the sultry rock track, “Never Get Enough.” The track goes in and out of her acoustic soft tones and instantly to a head banging rock anthem on the chorus. Still staying in her lane and not veering too far of what makes Lianne such a special artist.
Closing the album with, “Good Goodbye,” the track brought the feeling of family members that were lost but never forgotten. Always knowing these people will be on our side and never leaving their memory behind. La Havas, sings, “Everybody raise a glass, here is to a good goodbye.”
Liane La Havas’ Blood is ten tracks made up of her bloodline and what has made her the woman she has grown to today. She tells you the story of her family, heritage, relationships and herself leaving nothing behind.