Clad in black with a head full of blond hair that defies gravity and a killer voice: Emeli Sande, the Scottish singing gem, is back with her first album since 2012. Long Live the Angels doesn’t disappoint. From the airy quality of Selah to the general transcendent feel, Sande’s album is packed with raw and honest lyrics- this comes as no surprise judging by the songs from Our Version Of Events.
The vocals on Give Me Something are powerful and vulnerable. Hurt, although its contents are just as personal, is edgy and ruthless. Tenderly is catchy, but I wish it were more experimental due its Zimbabwean elements. RnB influences are packed into the more instrumental and poetical Garden.
Sprinkled with RnB, soul and pop, Long Live The Angels similarly takes gospel music by the hand and offers a brave yet lovely sound.