Much has changed for Jessie Ware since 2012’s ‘Devotion’. Then she was a rookie singer with only a handful of UK bass collaborations to her name. Now she’s a Brit and Mercury-nominated diva looking to cement her place in the mainstream. ‘Tough Love’ has its eyes locked on Adele’s crown, with the Ed Sheeran-penned ‘Say You Love Me’ a slightly too obvious stab at the big time. Elsewhere, however, ‘Tough Love’ excels. Twinkly epic ‘Cruel’ is especially outstanding, while collaborations with Dev Hynes (‘Want Your Feeling’) and Miguel (‘Kind Of… Sometimes… Maybe’) save the latter half from drifting too far into languid MOR ballad territory.
Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’
The Brixton singer eyes up the big time on her second album