Is Your Love Big Enough?

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Is Your Love Big Enough?
IsYourLoveBigEnough.jpg
Studio album by Lianne La Havas
Released July 6, 2012 (2012-07-06)
Genre Alternative, folk, soul
Length 45:31
Label Warner Bros., Nonesuch
Producer Matt Hales
Lianne La Havas chronology
Is Your Love Big Enough?
(2012)
Blood
(2015)Blood2015
Singles from Is Your Love Big Enough?
  1. "No Room for Doubt"
    Released: October 21, 2011
  2. "Forget"
    Released: December 30, 2011
  3. "Lost & Found"
    Released: April 27, 2012
  4. "Is Your Love Big Enough?"
    Released: May 22, 2012
  5. "Age"
    Released: December 3, 2012

Is Your Love Big Enough? is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas. It was released in the United Kingdom on 9 July 2012 through Warner Bros. The album peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart.

The album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize[1] and 2013 Ivor Novello Awards.[2]

Background[edit]

Whilst attending sixth-form in Croydon, a friend of La Havas', the singer and songwriter Allan Rose (who had attended the Brit School), introduced her to other musicians who would assist La Havas in the recording of her first demos.[3] Through that same friend La Havas was also introduced to British singer Paloma Faith; she later sang backing vocals on tour for Faith. La Havas was co-writer and performer in The Paris Parade alongside Christian Pinchbeck (who designed the artwork for Lost & Found and is also now part of the duo Memphis Industries duo Elephant); their short-lived career would kick off La Havas' career in commercial music.[4] In 2010, Lianne signed to Warner Bros. Records, spending two years developing her songwriting skills before releasing any music publicly.[5][6]

Her first EP Lost & Found was released on 21 October 2011 on the Labour of Love label,[7] featuring Willy Mason on the opening track "No Room For Doubt".[8] That same month, La Havas released the live EP Live From LA, which was made available for free download on her website.[9][10] La Havas made her television debut on 21 October 2011 broadcast of BBC Two's Later… with Jools Holland, a programme that also featured Wisconsin folk band Bon Iver;[11] soon after this on 25 October 2011 it was announced that La Havas would be the supporting act for Bon Iver's December 2011 North American tour.[12]

Release and promotion[edit]

Festival La Voix Du Rock, Tourcoing, 2013 (Photo: Bellenger)

Her official debut single "Lost & Found" was released in the UK on 30 April 2012,[13] and her debut album, was released on 9 July 2012 on Warner Brothers.[5] "Forget" was released as the second single from the album on 30 December 2011. "Lost & Found" was released as the third single from the album on 27 April 2012. "Is Your Love Big Enough?" was released as the fourth single from the album on 22 May 2012. The song was heavily contributed to the 2014 documentary film The Distortion of Sound, which features Lianne and her live performance of the single. "Age" was released as the fifth single from the album on 3 December 2012.

At the end of 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? was named iTunes Album of the Year. On 24 September 2012, September La Havas supported Alicia Keys at MTV 'Crashes' Manchester, a live performance in front of 1,000 people in Manchester Cathedral, which was broadcast in 164 countries. On 31 December 2012, she appeared on BBC Two's New Year's Eve show Jools' Annual Hootenanny singing Cow Cow Boogie. On 9 June 2013, La Havas played at the RockNess music festival in Inverness, Scotland,[14] and on 30 June 2013 La Havas performed at the Glastonbury Festival 2013.[15] La Havas also performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in June 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[17]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[18]
The Telegraph 4/5 stars[19]
NME 5/10 stars[20]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[21]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews".[22] Gaffa listed Is Your Love Big Enough? the 30th best album of 2012 by a non-Danish artist.[23]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Wake Me Up" Lianne La Havas Matt Hales 3:43
2. "Is Your Love Big Enough?" La Havas, Hales, Willy Mason Hales 3:22
3. "Lost & Found" La Havas, Hales Hales 4:28
4. "Au cinéma" La Havas, Hales Hales 4:18
5. "No Room for Doubt" (featuring Willy Mason) La Havas, Mason, Hales Hales 4:05
6. "Forget" La Havas Hales 3:52
7. "Age" La Havas, Hales Hales 2:43
8. "Elusive" Scott Matthews Hales 3:56
9. "Everything Everything" La Havas, Hales Hales 3:50
10. "Gone" La Havas, Hales Hales 4:25
11. "Tease Me" La Havas Matt Ingram, Dan Cox, Hales 3:37
12. "They Could Be Wrong" La Havas, Hales Hales 3:21
Total length: 45:31
  • The enhanced CD gives access to videos of an exclusive track-by-track interview.
  • All writing and production credits have been taken from Is Your Love Big Enough? booklet.

Release formats[edit]

Is Your Love Big Enough? (Standard edition)[26]
  • Standard 12 tracks
Is Your Love Big Enough? (Deluxe edition)[27]
  • Standard 12 tracks
  • Bonus 4 live tracks
  • 2 posters
  • 12-page booklet
  • 3-panel softpack case
Is Your Love Big Enough? (Limited vinyl edition)[28]
  • MP3 download
  • Standard 12 tracks
  • Bonus 7" vinyl featuring two bonus tracks
  • Two exclusive 12" artcard prints
Is Your Love Big Enough? (iTunes Festival)
  • Standard 12 tracks
  • 3 bonus videos, live from the iTunes Festival 2012

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[29] 30
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[30] 66
Dutch Albums Chart[31] 3
French Albums Chart[32] 96
German Albums Chart[33] 30
Irish Album Chart[34] 21
Swiss Albums Chart[35] 32
UK Albums Chart[36] 4
US Billboard 200[37] 142
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[38] 7
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[39] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[40] 42

Release history[edit]

Regions Dates Format(s) Label(s) Edition(s)
Ireland July 6, 2012 CD, digital download, LP Warner Bros. Standard, deluxe, limited
United Kingdom[41] 9 July 2012
Belgium[42] 13 July 2012
France[43]
Netherlands[44]
France[45] 16 July 2012
United States[46] 7 August 2012
United Kingdom 10 December 2012 Digital download iTunes Festival

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Lynn, Kirstin. "RockNess 2013: Lianne La Havas raises the bar in supreme soul diva set". STV. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Lachno, James (1 July 2013). "Glastonbury 2013, Day Three review: other stages: Bobby Womack, Lianne Le Havas, Sir Bruce Forsyth". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
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