Lianne La Havas - Self Titled LP
English singer/songwriter/guitarist 's 2012 debut album provided more Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough? highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. The said, "Artists like Los Angeles Times Lianne La Havas remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production. With , Miss La Havas vaults right to the big Is Your Love Big Enough? leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is," and the praised her New York Times "voice that hints at Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu but is fully her own…It's rhythm as resilience and life force, an innate sense of confidence that makes even her bitter songs somehow reassuring."
That album led to a journey that encompassed more than 120 shows across Europe, North America, and Japan—including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Artists who Lianne had admired soon admired her, to the point where she can call the likes of Prince and Bon Iver friends.
La Havas has recently made a succession of guest appearances. There's been another recording with Matt Hales on recent Aqualung track "Egg Shells"; guest vocal on Alt-J's "Warm Foothills" and Tourist's "Patterns"; and even an appearance as a female approximation of her friend in the video for "Where Is My Sex?" by The Kenneths. Most notable of all was La Havas's contribution to Prince's album, which were recorded over the course of a heady Art Official Age weekend at Paisley Park.