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5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful, 4 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Sing To The Moon (Audio CD)
I by chance happened to notice at the turn of the year that Laura Mvula was in line for sound of 2013 and, having read what she was supposedly about (Billie Holliday meets the Beach Boys), I was intrigued enough to research further via You Tube. I was hugely impressed by what I heard and saw and have eagerly awaited today's release of "Sing To The Moon" ever since. I'm thrilled to report that I am not disappointed. This is a truly magnificent debut; so refreshing a contrast from the bland parade of mega selling singer/songwriters who clog the airwaves with their lovelorn four chord wonders (yawn). I name no names, you know who they are. Laura offers something so different, so sumptious, it is hard to know where to start describing it. Think of a very adventurous Sade merged with the multi layered vocals of the underrated Judy Tzuke perhaps, or go back further across the Atlantic to remember the dense & complex structures of Laura Nyro's "New York Tendaberry" or Joni Mitchell circa "Hissing Of Summer Lawns". Very often it's also easy to fantasise that this is what the result might have been if Brian Wilson at his "Pet Sounds" peak had produced Nina Simone or indeed the aforementioned Billie Holliday. The choral vocals & beautifully constructed orchestral arrangements create a sonic wonder that leave one's spine tingling long after the final track (possibly the lovliest of them all, "Diamonds") has ended. I will not go into detail about the individual songs, but merely state that there isn't a bad track amongst the twelve on this CD. I'm well into my 50s & not easily impressed by new music, but this 26 year old has well & truly restored my faith and there is always hope. If you love sophisticated, beautiful & sensitive music that is astonishingly well crafted & performed, this glorious album is for you.
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