For many of us here in the States, the song "She" was our introduction to XPN Artist to Watch Laura Mvula. Certainly a standout moment on her first album, the song, "She" is really just an introductory point on an album that not only showcases the beauty of her voice but the range as well. Before setting her own sights on music full-time, Mvula sang with a variety musical outfits including a capella groups, jazz and neo-soul bands. Lots of that comes into play on her debut. Her ability to shift gears from strongly harmonized songs like the aforementioned "She" and "I Don't Know What the Weather Will Be" is a testament to her a capella background. And from there, the album flexes lots of creative muscle offering up moments like the handclap happy "Green Garden" perhaps the most appealing and uplifting song on the album. And not to be missed the soaring, anthemic title-track "Sing to the Moon."
~ Mike Vasilikos