2013 has been a big year for Laura Mvula. The singer-songwriter – hailing from Birmingham – has had her brand of gospel tinged soul music explode all over the airwaves, finding herself being shortlisted for the Critic’s Choice Award at this year’s BRIT’s, as well as finishing in fourth place on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, following behind Angel Haze, AlunaGeorge and winners, Haim. Since the release of her debut album, Sing To The Moon – which was preceded by the acclaimed single Green Garden – Mvula has performed on popular television programmes such as The Graham Norton Show and Later… with Jools Holland, extending her audience internationally, but now we see Mvula come full circle, as she is about to re-release her debut single, She.
She is a sophisticated, delicate number, complimented by a choir’s murmurings and – of course – Mvula’s voice. The singer oozes class and composure, often implementing a ‘less-in-more’ approach in regards to delivery; there are no vocal acrobatics here, but instead a captivating confidence that hyponotises her audience. She itself addresses an anonymous woman, Mvula’s voice encouraging the other, coercing her to persevere through life in order to reach her end goal. One could question if Mvula is indeed addressing herself within the song.
The song does not explode into a climax, but instead subtly progresses towards its culmination. It is artful and mature, as hints at what musical wonders Mvula may concoct in the future.
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