The Sublime Lalah Hathaway

August 5, 2014 6:36 PM

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The Sublime Lalah Hathaway

There are no two ways to splice this story; Lalah Hathaway is, quite simply put, the truth. In a career spanning 25 years she has created some of the most exquisite, sinuous music committed to record. Hers is the sound of comfort, of love lost and gained, of strength and fragility in the face of tremendous adversity. She is an album artist in an era of anodyne singles. You can play a Lalah Hathaway LP from beginning to end without the need to skip a song or shuffle the track list. There are very few artists working today who embody that level of excellence and consistency.

So it was particularly gratifying for all Hathaway fans when she won this year's Grammy for Best R&B Performance for her collaboration with the jazz collective, Snarky Puppy. It's a measure of the mainstream music industry's insularity (and the Grammys are often guilty of this) that it took a live v...

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