Laura Mvula with – Metropole Ork­est Sony Mu­sic ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon was an au­da­cious open­ing set, a col­lec­tion brim­ming with heart and soul as well as out-there jazz, gospel and r’n’b trim­mings. Be­fore the for­mer school­teacher gets around to her sec­ond al­bum, there’s this cu­rio to mark time and push sales. A rere­cord­ing of the Birm­ing­ham na­tive’s de­but by a 52-piece or­ches­tra at Abbey Road, the al­bum is smooth rather than edgy, a rephras­ing and re­set­ting of the orig­i­nal’s left­field pa­ram­e­ters to­wards safer, more mid­dle­brow wa­ters. While or­ches­tras can swing with swag­ger, the pre­vail­ing metronome here makes Mvula sound a mite colour­less and bland. Sing to the Moon and Like the Morn­ing Dew re­tain some of their lus­tre, but for the most part Mvula is aim­ing for the mid­dle of the road rather than shoot­ing for the stars. lau­ Down­load: Sing to the Moon, Like the Moun­tain Dew

“Or­ches­tras can swing with swag­ger, but the pre­vail­ing metronome here makes Laura Mvula sound a mite colour­less and bland”

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