Last month, Niia dropped off a stellar album in II: La Bella Vita. Now, the talented crooner is following up with some really amazing live renditions of cuts from the album. I was really looking forward to these live renditions, because the ones she released with her prior album, I, ended up being some of my favorites. With “Whatever You Got” leading the charge it looks like the trend will continue.
“Whatever You Got,” was initially released last November, but remains one of my favorite tracks on the album, so I was thrilled to see it get the live treatment. With an absurd amount of groove to it, the track doesn’t have a typical, orchestra feel but I think that’s what makes this so effective. The orchestra really highlights the lush, ornate texture Niia excels in creating in all her music and it fits her velvety vocals to a T.
The live setting is still the best way to separate the real deal from the fake, which makes it perfect for an artist who has the pure, natural “chops” like Niia. It also serves as a great example for artists looking to supplement a release with additional content because it adds another layer to the album experience.