90FM Album Review: Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Mitchel De Santis
mdesa339@uwsp.edu






Last year I had the opportunity to be present at Bon Iver’s hometown show in Eau Claire WI, the show without surprise was superb. I’ve been to several Bon Iver concerts and one of the biggest perks of them is their choice in opening acts. I’ve been musically graced with the Daredevil Christopher Wright, the Rosebuds, and more recently and most peculiar, singer songwriter, Lianne La Havas.

She was solo her entire performance and unlike previous experiences at these concerts she had the ability to render the entire performance space speechless. If she were to stop playing guitar and drop a pin you would be able to hear it. It was truly a remarkably beautiful production. Here’s a tragic story, after the concert, I jogged my ass over to the merchandise table only to discover that she hadn’t finished her album, there wasn’t an album of her in sight. I felt like I just got dumped and like most breakups I lost my self at the bottom of a pint of Guinness, cried a little, and moved on. 


​Lianne La Havas - "Is Your Love Big Enough"
2012 Nonesuch Records
 

Luckily for me I was surfing the Internet this past summer only to stumble upon an NPR article about La Havas and her new album, needless to say I snatched that piece of music gold up immediately. Her album entitled Is Your Love Big Enough and it’s being caressing my eardrums ever since August.

Musically jazz inspired and vocally alluring the album is perfect with a cup of coffee or even better a glass of Windsor Canadian Whiskey on the rocks. Don’t be fooled though jazz inspired the album has several hip tracks. Tracks like “Forget” and “Is Your Love Big Enough,” both are predominantly driven with funk-like guitar that will guarantee a foot tap or two.

Are you into slower tunes? Look no further this album has a plethora of them. My personal favorites are “Age” and “Don’t Wake Me Up.” Lyrically musing it’s effortless to become absorbed.