To say this was a difficult decision is a total understatement, because we frickin’ adore this song. We’d had it the No.1 position at different stages while compiling the list of our top ten singles of 2011, but ‘Heaven’ has settled for the No.2 spot. Emeli Sande’s debut was an absolute stunner and introduced us to (for us) the year’s most exciting new artist.
Sweeping strings rest seamlessly atop a cacophony of drum ‘n’ bass beats, before Emeli chimes in with that timeless, gloriously soulful voice. The thing we like most about ‘Heaven’, however, is that it continues to build, the strings and vocals soar before ‘Heaven’ topples softly into the bridge. But just when you think it’s all over, it then it bursts into bloom again with more chorus, a full gospel-style choir and more amazing vocals from our leading lady.
A spectacular debut and we can’t wait for Emeli’s debut album ‘Our Version Of Events’, due early in the new year.
Sheer, immaculate brilliance.
Yes, our No.02 Pop Single Of The Year for 2011 is Emeli Sande’s ‘Heaven’.