REVIEW: Emeli Sande – Long Live The Angels (by Martin Yates)

by Martin Yates (@martinrymusic)

If [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LYH6WUY” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Emeli Sande[/easyazon_link]’s 2012 debut was anything to go by, then we all knew that her first record in 4 years was going to be phenomenal.
‘[easyazon_link identifier=”B01LTHL5EC” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Long Live The Angels[/easyazon_link]’ is the follow up to her classic debut.Emeli Sande

First single ‘[easyazon_link identifier=”B01LZS3Z7Q” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Hurts[/easyazon_link]’ certified that the new record was going to be classic Sande, with a more mature sound and growth beyond belief. The first single can only be described as a masterpiece.The album explores the highs and lows of a mature relationship,¬†with tracks such as ‘Give Me Something’ and ‘[easyazon_link identifier=”B01LZ4K8G6″ locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Every Single Little Piece'[/easyazon_link] being the centre point for that subject.Delving even deeper into topics such as lonliness and abandoment, song like ‘Lonely’ and ‘[easyazon_link identifier=”B01M12WR8E” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Sweet Architect[/easyazon_link]’ which exposes her extrodinary talent for songwriting, and speaking of millions of peoples situations while in the process.

The record features a gospel flare throughout, in which Emeli explored during the album making and even going back to her roots in [easyazon_link identifier=”1784770124″ locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Zambia[/easyazon_link]. That influence is evident in tracks such as ‘Selah’ and ‘Tenderly’ which features [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LZS40HC” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]The Serenje Choir[/easyazon_link] and even her father Joel Sande.

Although Emeli Sandethe album focuses on the despair and sadness felt whilst in a relationship, Emeli puts that message across in many forms within the record.
Tracks like ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Garden’ which features [easyazon_link identifier=”B00ZH1147U” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Jay Electronica[/easyazon_link] and Aine Zion see Emeli exploring Hip-Hop within the production side of things which brings a fresh new approach to her music.

Overall, my favorite record of the year which will prove to be extremely popular globally. It’s great to have [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LYH6WUY” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Emeli Sande[/easyazon_link] back in our ears with a project that can only be decribed as timeless.

Stand-outs; Hurts, Right Now, Shakes, [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LWUJQGA” locale=”US” tag=”200562011-20″]Sweet Architect[/easyazon_link], Every Single Little Piece, Highs & Lows and Happen.