Jessie Ware Imagines

Monday, March 25, 2013

I keep forgetting that the US is behind in obtaining Jessie Ware's stellar debut, Devotion, as the album is finally hitting Stateside this April 16th.  Devotion was an album that blew my 2012 out of the water and I'm glad that more people will get to hear its sheer brilliance in a month's time. Still, my question is: what is Ware doing differently to tweak the album for American ears?

Surprisingly, everything from the original Devotion is intact. Well, aside from new album art, "110%" titled renamed to "If You're Never Gonna Move", and an A$AP Rocky feature on a "Wildest Moments" remix (as remember, us Americans will not listen to any album unless one rapper is present)....and oh, a brand new song!

Julio Bashmore is once again behind the production wheel of  "Imagine It Was Us", a glossy trip the light disco-inspired number that is feisty, stark, and energetic, and has nestled its way onto the latter half of Devotion's original tracklist. 'Energetic' is a word not readily seen when describing Ware, yet "Imagine It Was Us" is probably the most spirited Ware has ever sounded. Her ditching the serene sophisticated pop-soul she's noted for has her sitting down at the lunch table with such modern disco queens like Roisin Murphy and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and she fits right in. In fact, Ware doing zesty dance numbers like this has me itching for her and Bashmore to try this out on a full set...but I dare to dream.

Kick the acoustics below (and ignore the stupid tagging).

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