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Hit-machine returns, chart-topping formula intact.
Considering Jess Glynne ranks among our biggest stars (she recently became the first British female solo artist to score seven UK Number 1s), the Londoner cuts a surprisingly unremarkable figure in the pop firmament. But her upbeat, Everywoman shtick continues to pay dividends on her second offering – a collection of lightly soulful dance-pop that showcases her strong, unshowy voice and apparently boundless optimism. The latter may well be responsible for her stratospheric success – a Glynne hit emits a sense of celebration in the tradition of the most joyful chart-toppers. Admittedly, hers is a mode that doesn’t stray far from the pop status quo, but Glynne should still be applauded for mastering such a feelgood formula. ★★★ RACHEL AROESTI Listen To: I’ll Be There | 123 | Rollin
“A sense of celebration”: Jess Glynne stays positive.