Capitol Records presents Long Live The Angels, the follow-up to Scottish artist Emeli Sandé's 2012 debut album, Our Version Of Events, which has sold more than four million albums worldwide. Exultant in its delivery and bold in its intent, the album is steeped in an unreserved sense of freedom and self-discovery. It's from that feeling of freedom that the first single "Hurts" was born, an uplifting track brimming with heart and soul. "This entire album is about me not holding back and not censoring myself, and ‘Hurts' is an explosion, it's just...real talk," explains Sandé.
Recorded in New York, Los Angeles, London and Oxford, Long Live the Angels crackles with energy and a sense of euphoria. Opening track "Selah," a short poem backed by a choral choir, is a poignant introduction to the album. Next up is the striking "Breathing Underwater," which Sandé describes as "the ultimate journey in rebirth and self-discovery." The stripped-back "Give Me Something" is an inspiring take on keeping the faith despite the odds being stacked against you, and the melodic "Shakes" is led by piano and strings.
"Garden" harks back to Sandé's urban roots, written and produced in London with Jay Electronica, who also features on the track. "Sweet Architect," produced by Johnny Coffer and Mojam, is the show-stopping centerpiece, punctuated by a remarkable choir. Towards the close of Long Live the Angels, we witness a jubilant Sandé experiencing the hopes of new possibilities on "Every Single Little Piece" and "Highs and Lows."