Wednesday 13 August 2014

Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me

She’s done it again. ToughLove is already one of the tunes of the year and that’s before the full second album has been released.

Say You Love Me, though, is something of a departure for the London singer.  That it was co-written by Ed Sheeran is immediately apparent – his trademark acoustic guitar is all over this track.  But don’t let that put you off.  Ware’s vocals are as spine-tingling as ever as they float during the chorus of “’cause I don’t wanna fall in love if you don’t wanna try”, subtle electronic inflections and rhythmic pulses driving the track along.  It all builds towards an emotionally intense second half, all the musical elements colliding with a gospel choir in one long climactic crescendo.

It’s instantly recognisable as Ware’s work, but miles away from the sombre moods of Tough Love.  Tender and honest, it looks like full album ‘Tough Love’ is shaping up to be an album of the year contender.


Listen: Say You Love Me features on forthcoming album ‘Tough Love’ released on 6th October.