Lianne La Havas Talks Songwriting with the BBC, Continues Getting Positive Reviews, Looks to CMJ’s Top 10
Lianne La Havas, whose sophomore effort Blood jumped to #16 on the CMJ Radio 200 last week and is looking for a new peak this week, has been a star in her native England since the release of her debut album in 2012. The BBC hosted a sit-down with La Havas to discuss her songwriting process. In the feature, available here, La Havas’ revisits her musical history and talks about the motivations behind her lyrics: “It’s not just about the music, it’s about life, it’s about language and it’s film and it’s art, so I like to get all of it in.”
Blood is a major departure from 2012’s Is Your Love Big Enough, and many reviews have noted that the album has a bigger and more bombastic sound than its predecessor. According to the Georgia Straight, the album “has proven that bigger risks equal bigger rewards.” It’s a “seamless collection of tracks that covers the contents of the minds of most 20-something women: love, self-discovery, and some serious soul-searching,” wrote reviewer Amanda Siebert here. Help Blood break into the CMJ Top 10!