Sing to the Moon - Laura Mvula
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Birmingham Conservatoire graduate includes influences from gospel, jazz, R&B, and soul music.
  • Record Label: RCA Victor
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Drawing on anything from Medieval plainsong to free jazz, she creates an extraordinary sensation of light, air, and space.
  2. Sep 5, 2013
    Sing to the Moon is a bold and beautiful debut: airy and dense, soul and jazz, dark and light. Head in the clouds, toes in the dirt.
  3. May 9, 2013
    All in all, a bewitchingly beautiful debut.
  4. Apr 29, 2013
    Although it's more admirable than it is enjoyable, Sing to the Moon marks the arrival of a unique and major talent--one with a commanding voice seemingly from another dimension--who should be worth watching for many years to come.
  5. Jul 8, 2013
    Her immaculately crafted LP sounds like Jill Scott, Feist, Tune-Yards and a 1940s film score simultaneously cranking on a vintage gramophone.
  6. Apr 29, 2013
    For the listener wanting a more reflective experience, 50 sometimes enthralling minutes await. [May 2013, p.94]
  7. Jun 13, 2013
    The formula that made "She" a success is replicated until it's been wrung dry of any emotion. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 5, 2013
    A stunning debut album from a new, young singer from the UK. Imagine a cross between Nina Simone, Bjork and the Beach Boys, but she might be too odd for some tastes.
    To these ears she sounds better than Amy or Adele. When I heard a few tracks early on I was mesmerized and then had to stop listening after a while because I couldn't get them out of my head. It's the voice, the tone, her use of space, and imaginative arrangements,instrumentation and subject matter.
  2. May 18, 2013
    The very first notes on thi album feel like a powerful invocation. The album's baroque, velvet textures and atmospheric ambiance perfectly complement the lush, smoky curls of Mvula's voice. But even more mesmerizing is the way this former choir director sublimely weaves her band mates' voices with her own, helping to make seven people sound like 70. Best debut of 2013, so far. Collapse
  3. May 10, 2014
    For me it is definitely the best Pop hybrid album of the last 5 years. I can understand many people not liking this, due to its complete 360° twist on contemporary pop music, having different rhythms as only 4/4 (god I love her for that). Each track is sublime and moody and sad and happy and whatnot. But this album is not for inexperienced listeners, it's too complex for some. It's not an "easy-listening" album, and that's why I love it so much. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2014
    Laura Mvula has unleashed a truly stunning debut album, that is both emotional and adventurous. With calm, quiet songs like 'Father Father' or more agressive don't mess with me songs like 'That's Alright'. Sing to the Moon is a fine album indeed. Expand