I love Jess Glynne. Her voice is what sets her apart from her modern contemporaries and its uniqueness is something I’ve always loved.
She’s become quite good at releasing cracking singles too, but with her second album ‘Always In Between’, how has she fared?
Lead single ‘I’ll Be There’ is one of my favourite songs this year. It reminds me a lot of her previous work but still manages to feel fresh and different. Working with top producers Starsmith, it’s a great fit vocally and tells a really beautiful story. It was the perfect choice for a lead single and I wish there was more of this found here.
The subsequent singles, ‘All I Am’ and ‘Thursday’, follow suit and are decidedly safe and mid-tempo affairs.
Working with pop powerhouse Ed Sheeran on ‘Thursday’ provides some different sounds and highlights what’s wrong with this album for me.
Jess has worked with incredible writers and producers on ‘Always In Between’ and while on paper this should have worked, the reality is fairly bleak.
The songs come across as only skimming the surface of emotions for the topics covered and don’t really connect with the listener.
Because the songs all sit in a mid-tempo range, everything feels a bit the same. So much so that I found myself skipping several songs to get to a good one.
I hate criticising someone’s hard work, but I feel like more time was needed to really hone in the theme and messages for this album to get it right. Jess deserves that. She’s an incredibly gifted vocalist that deserves decent songs.
Songs like ‘Never Let Me Go’ or ‘I’ll Be There’ are prime examples of that.
I really struggled with this album as a whole, which is a shame. Her debut showed lots of potential and as someone who is regularly asked to feature on other songs, she’s clearly in demand.
She’s showed the makings of being able to stand on her own two feet, but this album doesn’t work for me. It feels very dated and confused.
While this is produced to a standard most people expect, it doesn’t hit the mark for a Q4 release and might have done better with a little more time and a critical editing eye early next year.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : I’ll Be There, Thursday, Never Let Me Go.