Joe GransingerSaturday,16 February 2013

The Snap:

Jessie Ware recently released her take on the popular (and extremely overplayed) Rihanna song, “Diamonds,” on BBC Radio. Jessie’s soft and soulful voice can be heard on her most recent EP, as well as last years full-length album “Devotion,” which was placed in the “Top Albums of 2012” by publications including SPIN, Stereogum, NME and Pitchfork.

The Download:

Whenever I hear Rihanna’s “Diamonds” play on the radio, I change the station as fast as humanly possible. I cannot express how much I fucking hate that song. Maybe it’s the repetitive, boring nature of it. Or, maybe it’s all the cheesy tattoos that every skank in America is getting (and will most likely regret in the near future). Regardless of the reason, I’m sure anyone who works near a radio that constantly plays a top-40 station can understand where I’m coming from.

Somehow, Jessie Ware managed to turn this song into something that’s very, very listenable. Thankfully, she got rid of the repetitive nature by having a male backup singer handle the chorus, something that I wish Rihanna would have thought of. Not only does Ware’s powerful voice perform the song better, it also completely removes the annoying, whiny voice that makes the original song unbearable.

Jessie Ware is a fairly well known semi-newcomer to the RnB, soul, and electronic genre, and ‘Devotion’ is her first full-length album. It’s absolutely packed with good songs, such as “Wildest Moments,” “Running,” and “Sweet Talk.” There are a few songs that don’t do much for me (as with 95% of all albums), but for the most part it’s a good listen straight through. She also released a short EP last month that features the hit “If You’re Never Gonna Move” and a few others from her previous album – plus a nice little bonus remix.

She’ll be touring for the majority of the first half of 2013, and even has a few North American dates (but by a few, I mean a very, very select few). As bummed as I am that she won’t be within a thousand miles of me, I have a feeling this is only the beginning of Jessie Ware’s stateside story. She’s already quite popular in Europe and continues to gain more fans every day, which can only be a good thing for her and us. Maybe, one day, we’ll be hearing her on our Top-40 stations instead of Rihanna… I hope.

Hat Tips:

Pitchfork, Facebook, Image Credit: Flickr

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