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Tough Love ★★★★

PMR Univer­sal Is­land

Jessie Ware’s pro­gres­sion from for­mer cub re­porter for the

Jewish Chron­i­cle to world­beat­ing soul diva has been one to ap­plaud. Her de­but al­bum,

De­vo­tion, gave her the arse­nal re­quired to make the break, but

Tough Love is in another league en­tirely. Ware still walks the line be­tween sleek, sul­try grooves and brit­tle, heart­felt, emo­tional bal­lads. But it’s the com­po­si­tion, poise and elan of the tracks from both sides of that coin which make you go wow, as Ware and her pro­duc­ers show off in some style. Be it the heat raised on the Miguel- pro­duced r’n’b bumper

Kind... Some­times... Maybe, the

clas­si­cal pitch of Say You Love Me or the beau­ti­ful sweep of

Want Your Feel­ing (co-writ­ten with Dev Hynes), Ware’s sec­ond al­bum is very spe­cial in­deed.


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