“I don’t need love to rescue me/ I’ll be all that I choose to be,” Laura Mvula sings on “Make Me Lovely,” the second track on Sing to the Moon. The British soul singer’s voice is as strong as her sentiment, augmented further by delicate orchestra flourishes, soulful handclaps and college-a cappella-style vocal acrobatics. Elsewhere, Mvula fights against ideas of conventional beauty (“That’s Alright”), sings about the power of music during hard times (“Sing to the Moon”), and triumphs over loves that didn’t work out (“Flying Without You”). A truly stunning, powerful debut.
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