Lianne La Havas “Blood” (Warner Bros.)
Lianne La Havas is one of the most beguiling pop stars of our time. With her second record, she confirms this status. Aesthetically breathtaking, she is a charming and immaculately dressed 25-year-old of Greek and Jamaican origin born in London. “Is Your Love Big Enough?”— her 2012 debut — earned well-deserved accolades, partly on the strength of wonderful singles such as the title track and “Forget.” Her much anticipated sophomore effort, “Blood,” might not have singles with such immediate appeal.
She front-loads the crowd-pleasers: “Unstoppable,” a gauzy introduction that rewards patience with a meaty beat, lush production and a sing-along chorus; “Green & Gold,” a delightful, jazzy show of confidence in a mirror, a reflection on both her youthfulness and connection to an ancient bloodline; and the video-accompanied “What You Won’t Do,” a riff on early ’60s girl groups with a timeless, sultry edge. La Havas was in Jamaica when she got the creative urge. Co-producer Stephen McGregor came with (he co-produces here), and their studio sessions included Paul Epworth (one of Adele’s main men on “21”).