Jessie Ware, “Share It All”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.24.14 in Listen to This

Jessie Ware‘s forthcoming album Tough Love is shaping up to be quite the quiet storm. The title track from the follow-up to 2012′s, Devotion, eschews the bluster of the debut album’s breakout “Wildest Moments,” instead furthering the British singer’s “high-tech lover’s rock” with smoldering, sparsely electronics-backed balladry. The latest track from the LP, “Share It All,” is even duskier and sultrier, Ware’s breathy alto proffering mutual trust amid restrained, after-hours synths, beats and guitar that make it no surprise to learn it was co-written, according to Pitchfork, with the xx‘s Romy Madley Croft (U.K. house revivalist Julio Bashmore, who helmed Devotion‘s ascendant “110%” AKA “Never Gonna Move” and teamed with Ware again on last year’s dancefloor-oriented “Peppermint,” produces). There’s a glut of this stuff right now, with new music also on the way from FKA Twigs, Kelela and Tinashe — but that’s not a complaint, and Ware’s Tracey Thorn-like way with a coolly understated vocal still sets her apart.