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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world, 7 Nov 2011
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Wow, what a talent. So impressed with Lianne's performance on the Jools Holland show that I purchased this cd. It is absolutely stunning, such vocal dexterity. Can't wait to see what comes next...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lianne La Havas - The wonders of youth, 6 Nov 2011
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Oh the wonders of youth. Lianne La Havas is a 22 year singer and multi instrumentalist from London who we are told has a background that draws equally from Jamaica and Greece. She is one of those singers who oozes confidence and ease and her recent sassy appearance on Jools Holland (please check it out) led one of the main acts Bon Iver to offer her a support slot on his European tour, but more importantly captivated all who witnessed it. There has been the odd accusation that she is the new "Corrine Bailey Rae" however that does both singers a great disservice not least since Ms Rae continues to develop brilliantly and that Ms La Havas is very much her own artist. Those with a penchant for these things will have noted well before the "Later" appearance the various performances of La Havas with the third track on the EP "Age" on the video site Black Cab Sessions and also "No Room for Doubt" on La Blogothèque. Clearly she is not influence free and on this excellent short EP you can pick up a touch of the dearly departed Amy Winehouse circa her debut album "Frank" where the La Havas song "Age" ploughs that relationship furrow that Winehouse nailed on her debut. La Havas is however smart enough to cast her influences more widely than this with the jazzy cover of the wonderful Everything Everything's "Final form" showing her firmly in the tradition of soul singers like Lauren Hill or Erykah Badu.

The sparkling highlight here is the EPs centrepiece track "Lost and Found". This is slow burning uber classy soul ballad which will give Alicia Keys sleepless nights when she hears it. Yes its that good and the vocal by La Havas screams maturity and inner depth. Equally the slowly strummed opener "No room for doubt" which is a captivating duet with the American folk singer Willy Mason is a little polished diamond with its gentle refrain of "We all make mistakes we do, I learn from you" echoing well beyond the songs final notes. Finally the deep sultry soul of "Night school" proves that La Havas has it within her to develop into a star who could capture audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and could be a one women catapult for our flagging export trade. You may also wish to note that a sign up to La Havas website will also unlock another gift namely her free EP "Live in LA".

For any new singer standing in the footsteps of the never-ending pool of great female musical talent of previous and current generations is massively daunting and it appears from a recent interview with the Observer that La Havas did suffer a crisis of confidence. As she stated "Before, I felt like an impostor; I didn't feel I had my own style. I've always had this identity thing ...Now I feel certain about what I like and what I do and it's such a relief." The latter fact is confirmed in spades on "Lost and Found" and we should be thankful that the doubts were expelled because in the shape of Lianne La Havas emerges a very special talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful, 27 May 2014
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Soulful, talented, gets you right in the core. Hope she comes back on the scene soon! This song is one of my favourites from the album. Get the single but it's worth investing more for the album. I've listened to it on repeat a million times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant artist, 8 Oct 2013
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Well recommend you to listen to her, shes got a brilliant style, very relaxed and really well written songs. Shes fab!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great singer, shame about the production, 20 Aug 2012
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Having seen her live and bought all of her releases, (and love her voice), I was disappointed in the way her album has been over-engineered. For instance, "Au cinema" as an accoustic track is outstanding on the EP, but I was disappointed with its' production on the album - I will keep on supporting her however!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 May 2012
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Lianne has the most amazing voice - and this E P is brilliant. A great talent and as good live.Can't wait for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - will become a great artist, 6 May 2012
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Makes very interesting melodic music. Lots of presence in live concerts. Will go far. Cant wait to hear her debut full album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Found, 17 April 2012
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Stunning vocals, soaring sensual. Pained and playful lyrics expressing a maturity way beyond her years, priceless diamond: I can't wait for the album. The strength of each track suggests there's plenty more in store.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great if brief, 16 Mar 2012
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good I like the artiste very much and am awaiting her full album later this year superb tunes and her style and tone are wonderful long may she continue to make beautiful music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought on a whim, 14 Feb 2012
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I saw her on Jools Later and thought it was worth a chance buying the CD. Well worth it - an excellent mix of tracks. Highly recommended
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