Early on with Long Live the Angels, it is easy to get lost in Sandé’s rich and warm vocals, with frequent choral support, and the minimal musical backing – which is often orchestral in nature. But over the album’s 18 tracks – 15 on the standard edition – and hour run time, the result is one of diminishing returns as songs begin to blur into each other – a fact not helped by several songs feeling incomplete, ending when it seems they should just start progressing. There are a few tracks that buck this trend but not by, or frequently, enough to prevent the listener from becoming bored by the album’s conclusion.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 8th November 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.