Speaking of Lianne La Havas…. If you say “Bittersweet” wasn’t one of the most enchanting songs to come out of the earlier part of 2020, you’re either too jaded to remember, or trying too hard to deny your emotions. To that I say stop it; get help. The entirety of La Havas’s self-titled album has the same comforting smoothness of her work before it. The husky timbre of her voice is a welcome return of full-throated, open and honest emotional singing without the need to infantilize or soften it. Erring on the side of just good old-fashioned singin’ instead of playing into the patterns of her peers. A lush, beautiful, homey album.
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