Jessie Ware – Glasshouse
Release: 20th October 2017
Producers: Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, ST!NT
Singles: Midnight, Selfish Love
Jessie Ware is quietly and consistently one of the UK’s strongest female vocalists. And up until now her finished articles have been in keeping with her talents, with debut album Devotion being named among the best albums of 2012, by more than one publication including this one. Five more years down the line, Jessie Ware’s third full-length project in finally here, and the demand for her silky soaring pop is still as prominent as ever, with Glasshouse entering the charts at number seven, and tickets for the supporting tour flying off the shelves.
It’s difficult to find fault in Ware’s output, her voice as hypnotic and smooth as its ever been, with an excellent team of hand-picked producers and songwriters supporting the cause behind the scenes. Across the project Ware dips into latin-pop (Selfish Love), flirts with the idea of synth-pop (Your Domino), and also returns to her tried-and-tested punchy vocal pop, a hallmark of her past efforts. Glasshouse is a noticeably more measured and sombre project than Ware’s past two albums, with silky R&B often traded for Kate Bush-nodding soaring pop. But following a marriage, and the arrival of her first child, both since the release of 2014’s Tough Love, Jessie Ware’s Glasshouse is evidently a strong representation of her place in life, and in music.
Verdict – WWWW