“The planets – or something – aligned. It was the right venue for that artist at the right time. British pop star Lianne La Havas at a crowded Varsity Theater on Tuesday night just felt right. So right.
Not because the crowd gushed like worshipful One Direction fans. Or because an admiring Prince sat in the balcony (as he did two years ago at the Varsity for La Havas’ debut; she sang on his “Art Official Age” album in 2014). Or because 89.3 the Current has been championing La Havas’ second and latest album, “Blood,” and recorded an in-studio session with her before the concert.
No, it’s because her sound fit the Varsity. And she was so effective in presenting her gauzy, gently breezy, enticingly sexy soul/jazz/pop. Her voice was fragile, befitting the vulnerability of her lyrics. But, like her lyrics, she also had resiliency and strength, showing a full-throated soulful voice that recalled Alicia Keys.“