Laura Mvula, "Sing to the Moon" (Columbia Records)
Infused with a range of influences, including African folk and modern pop, English-born singer Laura Mvula is distinctively different on her debut album, "Sing to the Moon." Comparisons to Nina Simone and rising Scottish newcomer Emeli Sande have already been made, but Mvula shouldn't be compared to anyone.
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The opening track, "Like the Morning Dew," is alluring and appealing, as is the string and brass arrangement on the following song, "Make Me Lovely."
"Green Garden" is smooth, velvety and melodic. The joyful tune will persuade you to dance and clap your hands. On "Can't Live With the World," Mvula is intriguingly opposite, showcasing her versatility on the delicately stunning track with meaningful lyrics.
With so many captivating songs on "Sing to the Moon," Mvula is star quality and is paving her way toward a long and wonderful career. This is art.