My love is big enough

By Yamkela Mdaka

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Speaking to the rest of the world through the second hand guitar she found herself in, Lianne La Havas’ debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough?”, released in 2012 and iTunes album of the year 2012, invites you in and only the hardest of hearts would refuse the offer.

The London born, half Jamaican and half Greek singer-songwriter-guitarist has the voices of many female singers such as Adele, Joss Stone and Alicia Keys all fused into one voice. Some have even dubbed her the Alicia Keys of England. But nonetheless, this does not take away from the uniqueness and inimitability of her nostalgic voice. Her voice is almost hypnotic and resonates in your head long after the record has stopped playing.

Her album kicks off with a song called “Don’t Wake Me Up” and staying true to its title, the range of harmonies offered to the listener in the first verse and the dramatic entrance made by the chorus beckons one to not be woken up; to not be disturbed as one listens to this track.

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 The album also boasts of witty and seemingly unserious tunes delivered in an acoustic style such as “Tease Me” and “Age” – a song where she sings about falling in love with an older man. The duet “No Room for Doubt” places La Havas in the category of Folk and R&B fusion.

Tracks such as “Gone” allow for La Havas to show off her vocal range, the anger in the lyrics and the voice are almost contagious, one cannot help but want to bang on a wall or a table as La Havas sings “What the heck man / Last time I checked man / We had it all!”. “Gone” is very reminiscent of the power ballads sung by Adele in her latest record 21.

La Havas brings out a sound not typical of the debut album with the song “Forget” – a song she wrote after a bad break-up. The song is very percussive and is a merger of funk and rock in which La Havas flaunts her skilful fingering on her forever present guitar.

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It remains a mystery as to why La Havas has not achieved the break out success in America of Adele, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse or Corinne Bailey Rae. “Is Your Love Big Enough?” shows that La Havas’ artistic range and talent is worthy enough to be heard and seen in the same spaces as all those performers while at the same time still remaining distinct.

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