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Jessie Ware: Tough Love

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From the bio:
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“When she first started singing Jessie Ware side-stepped the glare of the spotlight, initially performing as a featured artist on club tracks by SBTRKT and Joker, preferring alliance over eminence. But that all changed in 2012 with the release of her debut album Devotion, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year, lauded by everyone from Pitchfork to Heat Magazine and nominated for the Mercury Prize; new fans included the biggest stars in the world, with everyone from Katy Perry to Taylor Swift piling on the praise. The mania of Jessie’s schedule led to Tough Love’s creation. The record’s executive producers are BenZell (a new production duo made up of PMR labelmate Two Inch Punch and Katy Perry and Ke$ha super-producer Benny Blanco) and you can hear the leaps in production and songwriting that come with experience and an expanded team. While the record still draws on the suave, svelte palette of synths and bass heard on Devotion, they’re combined with more confident choruses and lush arrangements. Jessie’s stunning vocal is brought to the fore – it often feels she’s whispering right in your ear. She’s got a lot to be proud of on this record, but more than a musical evolution, this also marks the beginning of Jessie Ware; not the backing singer or the club-track vocalist or the girl done good, but the star. “I can’t keep going round going ‘oh my god, this is happening,’” she says. “I feel more confident and I think that shows on the record, even the way I deliver the vocals is more upfront. Being a singer is a fucking wicked job, but it’s definitely my job now.””
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Tough Love is out now on PMR Records/Island; check out the title track and “Say You Love Me” below.
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