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Pink Noise

Laura Mvula

Pink Noise

Third album from the Birmingham-born soul singer features a guest appearance from Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and produced by Dann Hume

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s when we reach the album’s midway point that Mvula hits you with the stone cold masterpiece that is 'Magical'
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    A career-defining return that most artists can only dream of; pure synth-pop ecstasy
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  3. 10.0 |   Albumism

    Pink Noise is totally unexpected, but so right. An album that glitters from the outside, but has more depth than your average pop album, giving way to post-COVID euphoric dance floors and never-ending pink noise
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    All in all, Pink Noise is a roaring success for Mvula’s reinvention. It’s a joyous celebration of her past, her present, and all the success that is to come in her future. Laura Mvula is back, and she’s not going anywhere
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    The award-winning musician makes a triumphant return with an effervescent and uplifting album
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Laura Mvula's unique vocal range is the star of Pink Noise, her first new music in five years
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The meandering nature of Mvula’s song structures can leave you grasping for more melody, but the moods she creates are always clearly defined
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Creating music like this that doesn’t sound like pastiche is easier said than done
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    Do call it a comeback – the Birmingham-born star has overcome music industry adversity to produce a pop gem steeped in liberation, not bitterness
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer-songwriter pursues a dynamic new sound on her third album
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  11. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    The album she was born to make
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  12. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Laura Mvula has shown us her love of the 80s and a deep understanding of how to create an album that holds together well. The change in direction for Pink Noise has worked because she has a deep love for the music she’s created
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Mvula’s renaissance continues with a bold album fuelled by 80s dance pop – and letting go
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  14. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    A wonderfully danceable and euphoric piece of electro-pop that is destined to soundtrack many people’s summers
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  15. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Sometimes Pink Noise does stray towards MOR, especially on ‘Magical’ and ‘What Matters’, but Mvula’s soulful, powerhouse delivery imbues the material with substance
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