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Jessie Ware’s 2012 de­but De­vo­tion was praised for its post-dub­step soul. Alas, the Brit then em­braced generic sounds (and col­lab­o­rated with Ed Sheeran). Hap­pily, her third al­bum is avant pop. Ware con­tem­po­rises ’80s quiet storm and ’90s R&B — even as she writes about mar­riage and moth­er­hood. The sin­gles leap out — Mid­night be­ing Mariah-style power bal­ladry and Selfish Love bossa nova. A duet with The Blue Nile ’s Paul Buchanan is cool, if an­ti­cli­mac­tic. / CY­CLONE WEHNER

note­wor­thy TRY THIS IF YOU LIKE ... Sade, Banks

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