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Music: Lianne La Havas brings artful soul to the Roxy

'Is Your Love Big Enough?' was her debut CD.

November 15, 2012

Artists like 23-year-old Lianne La Havas, whose sublime debut CD "Is Your Love Big Enough?" was released this year, remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric and the importance of smart, understated production. Whether it's the aching "Lost & Found," whose chorus is the tenderly sung, "You broke me and taught me to truly hate myself / Unfold me, and teach me how to be like somebody elseā€¦" or the breezily lilting first single "They Could Be Wrong," in which La Havas shrugs off naysayers with a lovely affirmation of her lover, there's a gorgeous heart beating at the core of her Sade-smooth, guitar-based soul-pop. The Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. http://www.theroxyonsunset.com.

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