Long Live the Angels

Long Live the Angels

by Emeli SandéEmeli Sandé


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Emeli Sandé had three U.K. Top Ten hits as a featured artist before she released her 2012 debut album. Our Version of Events, a multi-platinum smash and the source of four additional Top Ten singles, continued the singer and songwriter's escalation. There was a somewhat similar lead-up to proper album number two. Between releases, she fronted the similarly successful likes of Labrinth's "Beneath Your Beautiful," Naughty Boy's "Lifted," and David Guetta's "What I Did for Love." That Sandé was sought by Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Leona Lewis, and frequently had her songs performed on televised singing competitions, indicated the regard with which she was held as a writer. Long Live the Angels, her second proper album, is built to maintain her rank. Guest appearances are once again kept to a minimum, placing the spotlight squarely on Sandé's gracefully open demonstrations of salvation, devotion, pain, and perseverance. (She married her long-term partner in 2012 and divorced shortly thereafter.) Sandé visited her father in Zambia and added his voice, as well as a local children's choir, to "Tenderly," a lilting plea for emotional refuge. On the sparse, snaking "Garden," another cut regarding shelter, Áine Zion provides the intro and outro, while Jay Electronica adds a burning intensity over the album's lone deep bassline. Apart from those spots and multiple powerful appearances from a gospel choir, it's all Sandé all the time. Ballads prevail as she deals with the consequences of a broken relationship, lamenting false dreams, yearning for fulfillment, and admitting her inability to simply brush it off. In "I'd Rather Not," she ultimately rejects the notion of a second chance, comparing the damage to natural catastrophes and bullet wounds. Sandé sings with more precision and force without overselling anything. There's also more nuance to her approach, as in "Lonely," where the line "Baby I'm outta here" is sung twice in a row, first with resolve, then with a deep ache. Certain listeners might bemoan the shortage of uptempo belters here, but one attentive and thorough listen presents a clear justification.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2016
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557206883
catalogNumber: 002586502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emeli Sandé   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Scott Mayo   Flute,Saxophone
Andrew Lippman   Trombone
Courtney Brown   Trombone
Dontae Winslow   Trumpet
Naughty Boy   Keyboards
Jay Electronica   Vocals
Jodi Milliner   Bass
Ben Kohn   Guitar
Leo Taylor   Drums
Jack Birchwood   Trumpet
Peter Kelleher   Synthesizer
Jake Gordon   Background Vocals
Gavin Powell   Organ,Piano,Hand Clapping,Hammond B3
James Murray   Keyboards
Chris Loco   Percussion,Keyboards,Analogue Synthesizer
Kieron McIntosh   Trumpet,Piano (Upright)
Jonny Coffer   Piano,Keyboards
Mustafa Omar   Keyboards
Luke Gibbs   Background Vocals
Shakavelli   Keyboards
Philip Leigh   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Matthew Holmes   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Theon Cross   Tuba
Áine Zion   Vocals
Serenjo Choir   Choir, Chorus
Greg Titmarsh   Cajon
Ruben Fox   Saxophone
Harriet Pope   Harp

Technical Credits

Ray Brown   Bass Engineer
Tom Barnes   Composer,Programming
Wayne Hector   Composer
Dan Sanders   Art Direction
Dontae Winslow   Brass Arrangment
Naughty Boy   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jay Electronica   Composer
Matthew Holmes   Composer
Gary Thomas   Bass Engineer
Pantha   Additional Production
Ben Kohn   Composer
Robbie Nelson   Engineer
Matthew Holmes   Composer
Emeli Sandé   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Additional Production
Peter Kelleher   Composer
Jake Gordon   Engineer
Gavin Powell   Engineer,Additional Production
Shahid Khan   Composer
James Murray   Composer,Programming
Chris Loco   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kieron McIntosh   Brass Arrangment
Jonny Coffer   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Piano Programming
Mustafa Omar   Composer,Programming
TMS   Producer
Sam Klempner   Engineer
Shakil Ashraf   Composer
Mojam   Producer,Engineer
Shakavelli   Producer,drum programming
Billy Holiday   Vocal Engineer
Philip Leigh   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Samples
Matthew Holmes   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Áine Zion   Composer
Joel Sande   Composer,Choir Arrangement
Wesley Muoria-Chaves   Programming
Producerwez   Producer

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