There’s the sound of the city in Zanya Laurence’s album “Always”. A sound that evokes thoughts of neon lights, the moon and Cadillac Escalades with I see you but you can’t see me glass. It’s the sound of late night urban r&b.
Ms Laurence’s approach throughout this album is to keep to the speed limit and stay within the law by never running a red light. Not surprisingly therefore, songs like “Bittersweet” and “Karma” are unlikely to find favour with the street racers of the city but that does not detract from the appeal of her elegantly restrained voice. Talking of that restrained elegance, “Good Day” – one of the most successful songs on this album – does provide more than adequate proof that Ms Laurence could find her true home in uptown supper clubs.
“Always” is an easy going album that suits the past midnight groove better than it does the midday sunshine and Ms Laurence, despite the lack of killer songs here, has an endearing voice that charms your ears.