It’s here and it has exceeded every single expectation. Emeli Sandé’s album, Long Live The Angels is officially out and it’s already healing my broken pieces; her music is absolutely magical. Pain, heartbreak, healing, surviving, trying; are all prominent themes throughout the album. The journey of the album tears you down and somehow put you back together by the last track.
Long Live The Angels contains everything you loved about her debut release; her explosive vocals, the genius lyrics and the perfect blend of R&B and Gospel music. Yet, unlike her nervous debut, Long Live The Angels lives in its truth; it is aware of its power and is unapologetic in its masterpiece. I will admit that I was quite upset that she took 4 years in between albums but while listening to the album you quickly become aware of the growth in Emeli as a person, the life experience that was needed and the realizations from the journey that eventually came. The 4 years were needed and Emeli Sandé created a magical album.
I’ve listened to the album 5 times back-to-back and I cannot find one song that I don’t enjoy, but I do already have some favorites:
“Hurts” was the first single off the album and through it all, it’s remained one of my favorites. The track begins with strong vocals then it slowly builds up the song and it ends up becoming one of the few up-tempo songs on the album.
Baby, I’m not made of stone, it hurts
Loving you the way I do, it hurts
When all that’s left to do is watch it burn
Oh baby, I’m not made of stone, it hurts
“I’d Rather Not” caught me off guard. The song is a conversation with an ex-boyfriend as he tries to get back together (we’ve all been there). It begins as a gentle R&B song but by the second verse, we begin to hear the frustration behind her words. Stand out lyrics include:
See, when it was good it was amazing
But the bad was devastating
So if it’s all the same to you
As much as I’d love to
I’d rather not
I’d rather not have my heart blown to pieces again
“Lonely” is an acoustic ballad, the vocals sound emotional and the lyrics are about ending a relationship. You hear the desperation in Emeli Sandé’s voice as she tries to reason why the relationship must end. It’s one of my favorites because it’s such a simple song and yet it conveys complicated emotions.
And don’t lie to me, I know you felt the changes
And nothing’s new, it’s been this blue for ages
So baby, I’m outta here
“Every Single Little Piece of Me” is where Emeli’s vocals truly shine. The long notes, the passion behind the words; this is by far one of the best songs on the album. This song is a love anthem as it contains the tenderness of a sweet ballad as well as the power behind a declaration of love.
And all these stars, I’ll reach out, collect them for you
All these nights I prayed and I’ve dreamt about you, yeah
Oh, here I am and I’m all yours
“Highs & Lows” is a dance-party-in-your-car type of song. This love song, is the kind you belt out and feel in your heart. Any romantic comedies in need of a song for their last scene? This is it.
I’m talking ’bout the highs
I’m talking ’bout the lows
I’m sticking by your side
No way I’m letting go
I’m talking ’bout forever, baby
I’m giving you forever, baby, it’s yours
Emeli Sandé used every minute of the last four years and created an album that contains a journey that is worth taking. Every single song contains a bit of her story and it somehow helps you along in your own story. Long Live The Angels is powerful Sophomore album and I cannot wait to see what else The Universe has in store for Emeli Sandé.