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Produced by Dave Okunu of The Invisible (the UK's answer to TV On The Radio), "Devotion" is sublime and atmospheric, opening with the soothing title track sprinkled with twinkling keys. "Still Love Me" features semi-chanted lyrics which Ware tosses off in a cool affecting manner. Hip Hop influences show up in the groovy "No To Love" with scant lyrics, a guest rap, and Ware questioning "Who says no to love?". "Night Light" is a haunting mid-tempo track redolent of the eighties.
Everything stands out; the piano sprinkled power ballad "Wildest Moments" ("I've been looking at you too much"), the quivery "Swan Song", the dreamy "Sweet Talk" (with gently upbeat percussion), "110%" (her sultry vocals juxtaposed with bubbly synths, haunting synths, and snippets of Big Punisher's "Dream Shatterer"), the soulful ballad "Talking In Water", and the glitchy acoustic "Something Inside" (with cascading harmonies).
My favourite though is "Running" with stabbing synths, fleeting horns, stomping beats, stunning guitar squalls, and Ware singing as smooth as ice until she belts the line "I want to know is it mutual? Am I ready to run? Am I ready to fall? I think I'm ready just to lose it all." Honest and heartfelt, as is everything else on this album. Nothing out of place, and everything in its right place, this should make everyone devoted to Jessie Ware.
Starting off the the title,"Wildest Dreams","Talking In Water" and the closer "Something Inside" are all dynamically produced songs blending instrumental ideas from contemporary electronica and urban jazzy soul/funk. Melodically all of these songs have a very romantically and poetically anthemic flavor about them. I do have some personal favorites here too. "Running" is one of them,with it's dreamy,glittery 80's type synthesizers harmonizing over fat electronic rhythms with the same effect along with the extremely strong melody and song craft of course. "Still Love Me",churning funk with it's combination of both minimal percussive and melodic rhythms and keyboard sounds, evokes directions pioneered from funk-soul/eurodance pioneers as Prince and Loose Ends in the 1980's.Read more ›
Led with her beautiful soulful vocals, this debut album from Jessie Ware wonderfully combines elements of pop, R&B, soul, and electronic music.
I already knew I loved her sound the very instant i heard the title track, a very calming ambient feel with a solid beat and muted guitar riffs.
My favorites are "Devotion", "Running", "Swan Song" although every song is worth listening to, definitely worth the buy for me.
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A little more "club style" than I like but she does keep the great voice.Published 14 days ago by Christopher J Kent
I saw the video for "Wildest Moments" and completely fell in love with Jessie, her voice and the song! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
You can never go wrong with Jessie. Her debut album is a glorious one that not many artists have. If you have never heard of Jessie Ware anf you want to pick up a copy of her debut... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Saint Witch
Devotion By: Jessie Ware is absolutely one of my favorite albums! Her songs, lyrics and beats move you and puts you in a clam relaxing state of mind. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shree
Definitive, seminal. This album is near-perfection. Probably the best example of 90s soft-rock revival from any artist to-date. A Sade for the 2010s.Published 9 months ago by Jason M.
Another Jesse Ware CD I Can not Hear Enough Of - Different from Tough Love but the Same Voice I Love to Fill my Mind With - Moe PleasePublished 11 months ago by DSTE2556