Most people in America have not heard of one of my favorite current singers, Laura Mvula. Ms. Mvula is a British singer-songwriter, most likely why Americans have not heard of her. Mvula put out a great album called “Sing to the Moon” in 2013.
The album was gorgeous with awesome orchestral like pop production, she created one of the most unique pop debut albums I have ever heard. in 2014, she did that same album with a live orchestra and released it. It is just one of the most astounding albums I have ever heard from a singer.
The live instrumentation adds so much warmth and space to what was before kind of narrow and processed. I can’t tell you how much the large horn section adds by itself alone, not to deny the strings their due. The live choir adds a ton of body to Mvula’s already massive voice. My biggest criticism: I wish there was a little less reverb on the vocals.
The live instrumentation heightens the feeling and emotion of each track. Songs like “Father Father,” “She,” and “Sing to the Moon” have more depth and impact because of the new soundscape.
Another great thing is that they rearranged the track list and the album flows a lot better. The more upbeat songs end the album and it really fits to end the album with “That’s Alright.” In that song she tells everyone that it is fine she won’t be what you want her to be. It makes sense that a singer as ambitious as this one would say that, because there are no other people like her doing anything like this. I hate that, I want artists to do things that everybody else wouldn’t.
by Addison Garry