Lianne La Havas
Is Your Love Big Enough?


4.0
excellent

Review

by undertakerpt USER (27 Reviews)
September 9th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cooler than an Eskimo's toenails.

The guitar. Quite a versatile instrument indeed, and also an instrument that all men want to conquer. If you have the fortune of owning a penis, it's a safe bet that you have donned the technique of "air guitar" quite a few times in your lifetime. Perhaps you have a guitar in the house, which you pick up when no-one else is around, blow the dust off your "Hotel California" LP and give yourself one hell of a miming show in the bedroom mirror, caught up in the dream of someday being the legend on the stage ripping out those fiery licks effortlessly. A tennis racket will also work well for this.

Women, as lovely as they are though, don't usually get associated with the guitar. Think of a typical top 10 best guitarist list. Hell, make it 20. Where are the women at? (Insert sexist comment here) Sure you have some notable women guitar players; Jennifer Batten being one pretty scrumptious player. And then you have the bog standard players; Chrissi Hynde, PJ Harvey, Avril Lavigne maybe. But do they have playing styles that blow you away?

Enter Lianne La Havas, and her debut LP; "Is your love big enough?." Looking at the cover for the first time, one would assume the 22 year old is quiet and shy from her timid smile and downwards gaze. "Don't wake me up" the albums opening track, defy's this statement quite triumphantly. The overdubbed accapella vocals used in the song are intricate, stylish and confident. Lianne has a very cool voice, often husky at times, but can also apply power behind it when she wants to go up a gear.

Lianne's songwriting skills are fantastic. For a debut album, her experimentation isn't taken too far, but there is a clever amount of differentiation between songs. "Au Cinema" is a spacey piece which main structure is around two chords that wouldn't normally be used in a typical pop song, but Lianne seems very capable with writing for different styles and makes the song flow very effectively. Another stand out track; "Age" showcases her jazzy guitar work and has a very bouncy, playful feel to it. Another guitar based song "Tease me" is a hard song to play and sing at same time. But for Lianne, Cool just oozes out of her fingers when she plays. Complexity is an aura for her, but subtleness stops her guitar work from being in your face.

This is a fantastic debut. Unfortunately tracks 8 to 10 are sub par when compared to the excellence of the other songs. But Lianne has created something very special here, and it looks like she can only get better. Watch this space.

4/5



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AtavanHalen
September 10th 2012


17927 Comments


absolute babe

love her so much

kevinweeks
September 10th 2012


59 Comments


Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt certainly come to mind as female guitarists with their own distinct style.

undertakerpt
September 11th 2012


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have not heard em. Where are they from?

kevinweeks
September 29th 2012


59 Comments


You've never heard of Joni Mitchell or Bonnie Raitt? They're both Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Mitchell is a folk singer- perhaps you might recognize her by The Counting Crows' cover of her song "Big Yellow Taxi." Raitt is a blues musician, who is perhaps most famous for her early '90's soft rock albums with hits like "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time."

undertakerpt
September 29th 2012


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah I see, righto I shall look into them both. You in the meantime must listen to Gentle Giant!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. I like this album more and more with every new spin. It's very conventional, but it definitely retains quality songwriting throughout.

undertakerpt
December 7th 2012


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you. So many different directions goes the music on this. A British Janelle Monae with a guitar? In terms of a great debut which showcases many styles I'd say it's quite a pleasurable comparison!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say British St. Vincent, but this lady is not nearly as experimental (yet).

Nomos
September 25th 2014


865 Comments


So few comments/reviews here! She is amazingly talented.



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