Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last year, you will know that pop sensation Jess Glynne is one to watch.
At the start of her success we heard this young girl belting her voice on pop classics such as ‘My Love’ by Route 94 and ‘Rather Be’, an extremely catchy pop song that was heard just about everywhere at the time of its release but she has grown into a major pop star in the blink of an eye.
She has gone on to release a chart topping single ‘Hold My Hand’ followed by ‘Don’t be so hard on Yourself’ and both singles have gone down very well on the charts. The 25 year old singer, originally from North London is showing no signs of slowing down with her debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ having just been released last night.
The album opens with a modern sounding, dream like Interlude named ‘Strawberry Fields’. It goes on to present songs which were previously heard before the album release such as ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Aint Got Far to Go’, but we then hear an emotional heart felt track called ‘Take Me Home’ in which we feel a great deal of emotion in the chart toppers voice. “You rationalise my darkest thoughts” “Tell me I’m safe” give a personal aspect to this track. ‘Why Me’ is also a very personal song which had been released on iTunes a week previous and we have to admire Glynne for pouring her heart onto these album tracks. She has made a name for herself in such a short space of time, but there is no surprise she is getting bigger and bigger with a debut album like this.
One track which stands out to me on this album is ‘No Rights No Wrongs’. This is an upbeat track which I can see being released as a single as it is very radio friendly and will get people of all ages up dancing! The following song changes the mood again featuring Emeli Sande as they sing about tasting the “Saddest Vanilla” while going through a breakup at an unusual location of an ice cream parlour.
Jess Glynne has gone from unknown, to making chart history in less than 2 years and overall this album is a strong debut from the singer but the only negative point I have is that I feel almost confused about her sound due to the varied producers on each track. Having said that, most tracks on the album could be served as singles, especially ‘Take Me Home’. I would rate this album 4/5 stars and is definitely worth a listen!