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And Then Life Was Beautiful (Coloured Vinyl) by Nao

And Then Life Was Beautiful (Coloured Vinyl)

by Nao

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Barcode: 0194399068113
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“And Then Life Was Beautiful” is the third studio album by British singer-songwriter Nao, released in September 2021. Following her breakout album “For All We Know” in 2016 and her sophomore effort “Saturn” in 2018, Nao continues to explore themes of love, self-discovery, and emotional growth in her music.

The album marks a shift in Nao’s sound, with a departure from the synthetic beats and vocal distortion that characterised her previous “wonky funk” style. Instead, the songs on “And Then Life Was Beautiful” feature more organic arrangements, driven by live instrumentation and a diverse sonic palette. Nao’s vocals remain a central focus, glowing even in her darkest moments and conveying warmth and radiance throughout the album.

Recorded during the early stages of the pandemic, the album reflects Nao’s personal journey of healing and rejuvenation, particularly after the birth of her daughter. This period of creative renewal allowed her to refine her focus and approach songwriting with a sharpened confidence.

Lyrically, the album delves into the pains and pleasures of modern love, exploring themes of self-assurance, empowerment, and the healing process. Nao’s songwriting is introspective yet relatable, capturing the complexities of relationships with honesty and vulnerability.

Musically, “And Then Life Was Beautiful” draws on a wide range of influences, including neo-soul, hip-hop, afrobeats, chamber music, and gospel. The album features a variety of producers, including both longtime collaborators and fresh faces, who contribute to its lush and sunny atmosphere.

Throughout the album, Nao’s vocals shine, effortlessly conveying the depth of emotion behind each song. Whether she’s celebrating newfound freedom on tracks like “Glad That You’re Gone” or reflecting on the challenges of love on “Antidote,” Nao’s voice remains a captivating presence.

“And Then Life Was Beautiful” represents a significant evolution in Nao’s artistry, showcasing her growth as a songwriter and performer. With its rich musical textures and poignant lyricism, the album offers a compelling exploration of love, resilience, and the beauty of life’s journey.

Tracklist
A1 And Then Life Was Beautiful
A2 Messy Love
A3 Glad That You've Gone
A4 Antidote - feat Adekunle Gold
A5 Burn Out
A6 Wait
A7 Good Luck - feat Lucky Daye
B8 Nothing's for Sure
B9 Woman - feat Lianne La Havas
B10 Better Friend
B11 Postcards - feat Serpentwithfeet
B12 Little Giants
B13 Amazing Grace
Catalogue No.: 19439906811
Barcode: 0194399068113
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Contemporary R&B
Label: Little Tokyo Recordings
Released: 2021
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow

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