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Hot 16: SoulBounce’s Best Albums Of 2015

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Lianne La Havas Blood [Amazon][iTunes][Google Play]

With her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?, British songstress Lianne La Havas showed an uncanny ability to to draw our attention with quiet calm, doing more with a simple sigh or whisper than most could do belting out at the top of their lungs. Her sophomore album, Blood, proves that her initial success wasn’t a fluke.

It’s rare that a song moves beyond the pace of a casual stroll on Blood, and that’s quite fine by us. Instead, Ms. La Havas puts the focus on distinct musical arrangements that allow her to spread soft, restrained vocals across them like the finest gossamer. What results is lush, dream-like productions like lead single “Unstoppable,” the nostalgic “Green & Gold” and the hauntingly beautiful guitar and vocal number “Ghosts.” But occasionally, Lianne threw a few curveballs into the mix, like the rock-tinged “Never Get Enough” and the marching beat of “Grow” overtaking the quiet in favor of feistier production and animated vocals.

Sure, some might have been expecting more from the 10-song set, but if you ask us, it delivered exactly what we wanted and then some. -- D-Money

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