Sing to the Moon

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and former music instructor Laura Mvula appeared in November 2012 with She, a four-song EP led by its title track. An elaborate and uplifting number -- part lullaby, part empowerment anthem -- "She" was unlike anything on the U.K. charts. It left an impression immediate and deep enough to land her a nomination for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll. Sing to the Moon, her full-length debut, features "She" and builds upon that song's theatrical sound. It's rooted in decades-old forms of gospel, jazz, R&B, and, most deeply, orchestral pop. Almost all of the material is as serious and as refined as it is majestic, with vocal showcases and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and former music instructor Laura Mvula appeared in November 2012 with She, a four-song EP led by its title track. An elaborate and uplifting number -- part lullaby, part empowerment anthem -- "She" was unlike anything on the U.K. charts. It left an impression immediate and deep enough to land her a nomination for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll. Sing to the Moon, her full-length debut, features "She" and builds upon that song's theatrical sound. It's rooted in decades-old forms of gospel, jazz, R&B, and, most deeply, orchestral pop. Almost all of the material is as serious and as refined as it is majestic, with vocal showcases and hushed-belted-hushed-belted dynamics galore. Taking in all the floating brass and drifting strings can be strenuous, but the tempo and mood perk up on the chiming romp "Green Garden," where Mvula drops the histrionics, loosens up, and projects pure joy: "Putting my bag down, taking my shoes off/Walk in the carpet of green velvet." "That's Alright," another wholly spirited number, opens with little more than tumbling drums and melodic hums as Mvula beams, "I will never be what you want, and that's all right/'Cause my skin ain't light, and my body ain't tight." The song then bursts with horns as the singer asserts, "Tell me, who made you the center of the universe?" and "What 'cha gonna do when I fly over you?" Although it's more admirable than it is enjoyable, Sing to the Moon marks the arrival of a unique and major talent -- one with a commanding voice seemingly from another dimension -- who should be worth watching for many years to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 887654217523
  • Catalog Number: 542175
  • Sales rank: 2,682

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Mvula Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Sampling, Tubular Bells, Wurlitzer, Foot Stomping, Synthesizer Pads
Dave Bishop Clarinet, Flute
Les Davidson Guitar
Nick Holland Cello
Richard Marcangelo Drums
Troy Miller Drums
Mark Nightingale Trombone
Andy Pask Contrabass (Vocal)
Steve Sidwell Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Spong Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Phil Woods Horn
Dermot Crehan Violin
Paul Morgan Contrabass (Vocal)
Paul Gardham Horn
Polly Wiltshire Viola
Tom Elmhirst Percussion
Steve Brown Electric Bass, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Tambourine, Theremin, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Vibes, Shaker, Tubular Bells, Foot Stomping
Andy Hamill Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Roberto Manzin Clarinet, Flute
Hugh Seenan Horn
Nick Barr Viola
Jo Archard Violin
Dave Lee Horn
Martin Williams Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo
Andy Greenwood Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alice Kent Contrabass (Vocal)
Chris Clad Violin
Sarah Sexton Violin
Kevin Morgan Tuba
Brendan Thomas Horn
Vicky Lester Harp
Clare Howick Violin
Sarah McMahon Cello
Phil Todd Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo
Neil Sidwell Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Trumpet
Ad Hallowell Bass Trombone
Maria Ryan Violin
Magdalena Pietraszewska Cello
Triona Milne Viola
Rachael Lander Cello
Cormac Browne Violin
Vicki Matthews Cello
Vicky Lyons Violin
Rhian Hanson Harp
Matt Wittingdon Percussion
Cian O'Duill Viola
Technical Credits
Dick Beetham Mastering
Ray Staff Mastering
Tom Elmhirst Programming
Steve Brown Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Laura Mvula Arranger, Composer, drum programming
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