Lianne La Havas, ‘Blood’


People fell hard for Lianne La Havas’ 2012 debut, “Is Your Love Big Enough?,” which found the young South London singer alternating hard-as-nails rock jams and beautiful, airy folk ballads. On its follow-up, she eases back, indulging in slow-burning soul and jazz-inflected tunes that are less adventurous but more likely to catch the attention of a mainstream audience — especially while Sade is out of the limelight. “Blood” is a highly stylized album, a little too pretty in places (“Tokyo”) and brazenly confident in others (“What You Don’t Do,” the Prince-like single that features the refrain “I know you love me/ I don’t need proof”). But La Havas is at her best when she lets her sulky roots break through, probably no more than on the insistent “Grow.” — Aidin Vaziri