Though Jessie Ware is already a quite established artist in the world between pop, R&B and soul, I just happened to run into her album What’s Your Pleasure? when I scanned the new albums released on 26th June 2020. The more I listened to it, the more I liked the album – so I just had to share it with you.
Jessie Ware – About The Artist
Jessie Ware was born on 15th October 1984 in London. Her parents divorced during her childhood and her musical ambitions were majorly supported by her mother. It took her multiple years to release her debut album, but as Devotion entered the music scene in 2012, it was quite a success with a peak ranking of five in the UK. The two predecessors of What’s Your Pleasure?, the 2014 Tough Love and the 2017 Glasshouse, the placements in her home country were similarly and there was quite a lot of growing interest internationally. She also appeared in other tracks as a backing vocal. Her main popularity, however, is due to her podcast.
J. Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? – Track by Track
The album includes 12 songs and lasts 53 minutes.
Spotlight starts like an intimate ballad – but after some 30 seconds, it turns into a dance pop track. No wonder that this track has been released before the album and already hit the milestone of one million clicks – on YouTube only. It is simply a cool track.
2. What’s Your Pleasure?
Here is the title track, which Jessie Ware released the day before the album. Really a cool sound, this song reminds me of Kylie Minougue so much. Love it! (and an interesting video as well….)
3. Ooh La La
I like the atmosphere of the song, even though I feel it is the weakest of the first three tracks regarding the lyircs. What I feel is really cool, though is the very characteristic style of music again. Feels like a shame that I haven’t heard too much of that artist so far.
4. Soul Control
Can’t take my eyes off of you tonight You’re moving like a waterfall Rush into my life, stay a little while ‘Cause I know that we could have it all
At Soul Control, the sound of Jessie Ware feels a bit more mainstream. The song is very repetitive (which I typically do not like too much, even thought it makes it easy to remember…).
5. Save A Kiss
Save A Kiss feels a bit more like lounge music due to its atmospheric background sounds. Nice track, definitely, again though…
6. Adore You
Adore You feels easy, has a touch of summer – but overall, I feel that the track is one of the weaker ones of the album.
7. In Your Eyes
In Your Eyes has that kind of sound again, which I personally enjoyed most so far in the What’s Your Pleasure? songs. Electric sounds and rhythms and a definitely very good and great-to-listen-to voice. Cool!
8. Step Into My Life
This song, which attracts me with swing-alike elements as well as the very accentuated vocals during the chorus, is one of the best songs of the album to me. It has so many layers, so many elements, I really love to listen to that sound.
9. Read My Lips
Unfortunately, I just cannot ignore one feeling which becomes stronger and stronger towards the end of the album: the songs feel quite similar. At Read My Lips I for the first time strongly feel “Is there anything new?”. As a single, this song would be a good one – but as a member in this set of songs, the new aspects are just a bit too thin.
10. Mirage (Don’t Stop)
I said I know what I want, you can do what you want I know I said it before but you can do what you want I said I know what I want, you can do what you want I know I said it before but you can do what you want
Unfortunately, the effect I mentioned does does not get weaker while listening to Mirage (Don’t Stop). Bad luck…
11. The Kill
I feel that The Kill is a bit stronger and “more fresh” compared to the two tracks before. But somehow, I feel I am happy to be close to the finish line. So sad, though – Jessie Ware has a lot potential definitely – and especially the beginning of the album felt like a blast to me.
12. Remember Where You Are
The album finishes in a pleasing way. In the world of Jessie Ware, you could nearly call Remember Where You Are a ballad. Very melodic song, which is very vocal-centric.
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? – Spotify
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Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? – My View
This review feels a bit of sad to me. It started so well, I really like the first tracks of the album, but overall, it just gets too thin towards the end. No innovations or surprises. Thus, to me this album cannot battle for the stars, but it is also far away from bloody average or worse. There is a chance for more.