Jessie Ware – Devotion
Soulful, sophisticated, sensual – to put it simply Jessie Ware is amazing!
For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of hearing this talented 27 year old, your ears are in for a treat.
As a former guest vocalist for the likes of SBTRKT and Joker, as well as having her track ‘Running‘ which is produced by Julio Bashmore and remixed by Disclosure, I have been anticipating her solo work, to round out the trinity of my favourite emerging artists.
With the release of her first solo album ‘Devotion’ on PMR Records, Jessie shows off that she is a singer who has seamlessly been able to create her own direction and persona, the opposite of her earlier work, but which is almost more impressive.
Yet until now she has always seemed more comfortable singing from the shadows rather than taking centre stage. “Being a backing singer was my idea of heaven,” she once said, which doesn’t exactly suggest a cut-throat desire to elbow aside the competition.
Even more amazing is the fact that Ware barely set out to be a singer at all, originally settling on a career as a journalist before finding herself being jealous of former schoolmates, including Florence Welch, that she decided that she would go out looking for a record deal.
For fans of any of the above mentioned artists, as well as the like of Emeli Sandé and Adele this album has it all.
Yet throughout Devotion you’re never told to sit up and pay attention. Instead it quietly works its magic, a genuinely individual statement by an artist who didn’t expect to become a pop star, but might struggle to stop it happening anyway.