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Devotion by Jessie Ware
Released: Aug 2012
Label: Interscope / Cherrytree
After enlivening SBTRKT's "Nervous" and Joker's "The Light" with her show-stealing vocal presence, British singer Jessie Ware assumes the spotlight on her solo debut. She's versatile: Sade's influence comes to the fore on the smoky "Running," and she faintly recalls a wide-screen Cat Power on the lush "Swan Song." Producers Dave Okumu (the Invisible), Julio Bashmore and Kid Harpoon wisely don't try to overpower her, laying down gauzy downbeat soul and pneumatic 808 workouts that wrap up her jewel of a voice in sumptuous, velvety folds.
Philip Sherburne
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