After taking time off to give birth to her first child in 2020, East London songstress NAO has returned with her third album And Then Life Was Beautiful.
The follow-up to her 2018 Grammy- and Mercury-nominated album Saturn, the album is led by the singles “Antidote,” “Messy Love,” and “Wait.” A 13-track offering, the album features the likes of Lucky Daye, Lianne La Havas, Adekunle Gold, serpentwithfeet, and spoken-word interludes from UK poet Sophia Thakur. “I love interludes, and I can remember them being on so many great albums, like Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and… from Jill Scott’s Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1, where they often play around with poetry or conversations,” NAO says.
Stream the project in its entirety, below.