Jessie Ware - 110% (and everything else she's done)

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pro tip: this song is amazing

http://soundcloud.com/jessieware/jessie-ware-110-1

it could totally be on 'velvet rope' right??

i'm really in love with this thing

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

I prefer "Running," which will probably be in my top ten. My favorite guitar solo in many months too.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:58 (twelve years ago) link

but, yeah, she's worth watching. She reminds me of Shara Nelson.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:59 (twelve years ago) link

There's also this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-ltza7hYls

Looking forward to the album

Number None, Friday, 8 June 2012 00:53 (twelve years ago) link

I love the video for 110% almost as much as the song. I can't figure out what the muffled sample in the background is saying, "carving my initials on your forehead" I think?

boxedjoy, Friday, 8 June 2012 09:57 (twelve years ago) link

fucking love this song. definitely deserves a thread

just sayin, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:14 (twelve years ago) link

original 'running' felt to me way too encumbered with reference and borrowed vibes, but tbf i did come to that conclusion when i was still getting to know her (which i guess i still am). alf have you heard the disclosure remix?

'110', it wasnt really until i heard it on the radio before i realised how much it goes, it's p catchy. not sure if it's gonna be a keeper but certainly one of those brief flings you kinda fall for a bit

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:16 (twelve years ago) link

Love this song

owenf, Friday, 8 June 2012 10:58 (twelve years ago) link

yeah I've played this song 20 times since I first heard it, I love it

chris paul george hill (dayo), Friday, 8 June 2012 10:59 (twelve years ago) link

i've been meaning to listen to this and "running" for MONTHS and didn't get round to them because i didn't think i'd have to make an effort. here we are now though, i like them all, on one listen "running" is better and neither are as good as "strangest feeling" but who knows how they'll shake out

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:06 (twelve years ago) link

"running" is totally and amazingly soft rock

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:06 (twelve years ago) link

just checked out Strangest Feeling, must have missed it last time around, amazing too. Think she's shaping up to be my 2012 pick of the girls looking at her trajectory.

owenf, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:17 (twelve years ago) link

i think i might start a thread for delilah at some point, her album is really surprisingly good

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:22 (twelve years ago) link

"running" is totally and amazingly soft rock

― kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 12:06 (16 minutes ago) Bookmark

so so so tryhard sade tho

just look at the single cover even

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:26 (twelve years ago) link

"maybe felt a little too record industry to capture the true desired lisa stansfield realness" is what i said about my first impressions of ware generally on the bobby caldwell thread

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:27 (twelve years ago) link

listening to the three singles together is weird, they're all good songs but they all feel like really overly deliberate attempts to capture a certain aesthetic - sade x soft rock for "running", delilahesque trip-hop revivalism x burial 3am night bus moods for "strangest feeling", airy summery "my boo" breezy realness for "110%"

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:34 (twelve years ago) link

i think i perhaps like "strangest feeling" best b/c being overly conscious and deliberate suits that gothy aesthetic well

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 11:35 (twelve years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/D0TuS.jpg

1. Devotion
2. Wildest Moments
3. Running
4. Still Love Me
5. No To Love
6. Night Light
7. Swan Song
8. Sweet Talk
9. 110%
10. Taking In Water
11. Something Inside

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

i wonder if i'm the only person on earth who feels sorry for jamie woon

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

haha the first thing i thought of when i heard "110%" was "aw, poor jamie woon"

J0rdan S., Friday, 8 June 2012 15:34 (twelve years ago) link

jamie woon's album did decently, didn't it? and now he's just between albums.

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 15:50 (twelve years ago) link

capture the true desired lisa stansfield realness

i don't care man i'll take the imitation

goole, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

sade is the real oak real and stansfield is the real plastic real tho, there's levels mayne

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:08 (twelve years ago) link

i guess what i'm saying is i am enjoying the video

goole, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:11 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i dont actually know how woon's sold on the low but i dont feel his album was ever really in the air once it dropped, even in the liminal circles we're talking about. just seemed to drop and disappear

anyway i wouldnt care to speculate on what he deserved but it was definitely more than what he got. i felt like he made brave-ish decisions on that album he didnt have to if he was just playing to the gallery and it's a shame they werent acknowledged at very least

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

ok maybe brave is too strong but whatever, he stuck to his guns somewhat and i respect that

r|t|c, Friday, 8 June 2012 16:16 (twelve years ago) link

Produced by Julio Bashmore if you were wondering. It's blowing up, just an hour ago I heard it on a radio station in Mexico City and was wondering what ILM thought about it.

Moka, Friday, 8 June 2012 17:10 (twelve years ago) link

For all the reference points being thrown around here, and I know Jessie Ware's coming from a completely different place, but you could put 110% on the Grimes album and no one would notice. Its level of base competency is higher and it's a good song but I'm not sure the production does it many favours. I listened to Running straight afterwards and liked that one more.

Bit disappointed that so many of these jobbing post-dubstep vocalists seem to be defaulting to a very similar soft-rock middle ground, and yeah while it might be a brave decision up against whatever the FACT-reading bores are clamouring for, you need serious songwriting ability to pull of that aesthetic well and I dunno if any of these guys do.

Does Roses Gabor have a post-guest-vocalist career yet? That might be promising.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:37 (twelve years ago) link

"running" is as good as "110%"... this might be my most anticipated album of the year atm

J0rdan S., Saturday, 9 June 2012 19:25 (twelve years ago) link

assuming d'angelo isn't putting an album out

J0rdan S., Saturday, 9 June 2012 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

Running > 110% for me, but just barely.

I hadn't been slotting Woon into this space in my brain, but now that it's been mentioned it totally makes sense.

No clue what he sold, but that album was mad underrated even on ILM, given the love for 'Night Air'. There were a LARGE number of jams there.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Sunday, 10 June 2012 20:32 (twelve years ago) link

I love the video for 110% almost as much as the song. I can't figure out what the muffled sample in the background is saying, "carving my initials on your forehead" I think?

― boxedjoy, Friday, June 8, 2012 5:57 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You heard it right - it's a sample from Big Pun's Dream Shatterer, I think.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Sunday, 10 June 2012 21:47 (twelve years ago) link

hmmm, not so sure about this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=FnOBjARwNi0

Number None, Monday, 18 June 2012 12:03 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnOBjARwNi0

Number None, Monday, 18 June 2012 12:03 (twelve years ago) link

baby in our wildest moomins

r|t|c, Monday, 18 June 2012 13:36 (twelve years ago) link

i like this a lot

J0rdan S., Monday, 18 June 2012 15:07 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

http://vimeo.com/38905074

hadnt seen it before but this song off the alb is the real deal

r|t|c, Friday, 27 July 2012 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

"wildest moments" is amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 27 July 2012 06:03 (eleven years ago) link

fully in love with all the singles now. i think "running" might have shaken out as my favourite so far

think i might be talking to her next week

lex pretend, Friday, 27 July 2012 07:19 (eleven years ago) link

i'm really taken with how - similar to wynter gordon's newest stuff - ware's vocal strategy is a perfect midpoint between r&b and female singer-songwriter

lex pretend, Friday, 27 July 2012 07:20 (eleven years ago) link

hmm...I heard "Stimela" and wasn't impressed.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 July 2012 11:04 (eleven years ago) link

Holy fuck her album is going to be amazing. "Sweet Talk," the latest track to be released, is ANOTHER great track. When the guitars drop in at 2:30... one of the best musical moments of the year. Man this girl's on a roll.

heiswagger (rennavate), Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00 (eleven years ago) link

Can we change this thread to "general jessie ware thread" btw i think it's about time

heiswagger (rennavate), Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00 (eleven years ago) link

As requested, kinda.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:04 (eleven years ago) link

that works. thanks ned!

heiswagger (rennavate), Friday, 10 August 2012 00:23 (eleven years ago) link

+1 for Running. Shades of Sade, tasteful trip-hop, etc.

Still I actually liked tasteful trip-hop. Makes me want to go listen to a Moloko record.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:29 (eleven years ago) link

That was a good interview BTW, Lex. I wouldn't mind seeing dance music in the UK go classy again like back in the 2-step heyday.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:44 (eleven years ago) link

I wouldn't mind seeing dance music in the UK go classy again like back in the 2-step heyday.

I'm not sure this sentence makes sense really? Unless by "2-step" you basically mean MJ Cole and Wookie?

Tim F, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:52 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, and some Dem 2 tracks and Tuff Jam.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:53 (eleven years ago) link

And Craig David.

Josiah Alan, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:54 (eleven years ago) link

tix still available for the Toronto show, come hang w me

Murgatroid, Friday, 28 April 2023 16:20 (one year ago) link

Love the la la las in "Pearls"

Indexed, Friday, 28 April 2023 16:31 (one year ago) link

"Freak Me Now" is great! Very Daft Punk bassline.

Indexed, Friday, 28 April 2023 16:48 (one year ago) link

this is her worst album, which is (isn't?) saying much bc it's still v much wonderful, just that I like Glasshouse a lot and this album leans too far into kitsch for my tastes but she's good at it so w/e

Murgatroid, Friday, 28 April 2023 16:51 (one year ago) link

Jesus, she's playing the Vic here?!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 April 2023 18:03 (one year ago) link

This is album is very Girls Aloud to me. There's three or four songs I can imagine them singing.

kitchen person, Friday, 28 April 2023 19:11 (one year ago) link

Toro is vibing HARD to the new @JessieWare album 🦜 🎵 pic.twitter.com/T3B8yRMzXG

— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) April 29, 2023

jaymc, Saturday, 29 April 2023 16:46 (one year ago) link

adore "lightning" but can't quite get with the rest of the record. i wish it were less tasteful tbh

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2023 18:44 (one year ago) link

"Lightning" has the whispery-scratchy vocal she should use more often.

I agree this is a disappointment: she's willing herself to be frivolous.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 May 2023 18:48 (one year ago) link

I still like the album (not nearly as much as WYP though), but feel you on that last point, Alfred

Vinnie, Tuesday, 2 May 2023 23:08 (one year ago) link

HI I AM JESSIE WARE AND I'M AVAILABLE TO DANCE

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 May 2023 23:22 (one year ago) link

I'm not sure I follow the criticism myself. Maybe I'm misunderstanding it, but is it something about her delivery that seems inauthentic or is it that you think she's trying too hard. Like, did you have the same issue with Future Nostalgia or Kylie's Disco which are similar in feel to me.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:05 (one year ago) link

Generally think this album rules, feels like a pretty natural and not strained move to me. Not quite at the level of WYP but few are.

omar little, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:21 (one year ago) link

This is a rather buttoned-up album compared to its predecessor; other than on "Free Yourself" and a couple others the rhythms don't leap, which creates a tension between them and her uninhibited vocals. I like a couple tracks on Future Nostalgia without loving it either. Kylie's Disco bored me other than "Say Something," my favorite single of 2020.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:23 (one year ago) link

You should give Infinite Disco a listen, her excellent livestream concert album. Though I think Disco is miles better than I thought first time around, the songs burrowed in deep.

omar little, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:31 (one year ago) link

Thanks for clarifying Alfred. I'm fascinated by the mixed reaction to this album so far. Crazy high score on RYM, some of the best reviews of her career, but a few people on here and a bunch of posters on Popjustice are really disappointed. I'm with omar on how this feels like a natural step for her and also it not being as good as WYP (which is probably still my favourite album of the decade). Songs like Lightning and Hello Love work well as breathers without reverting to the faceless ballads that made Glasshouse such a slog (I revisited that recently and time has not been kind). There really aren't any songs that aren't working for me right now. As I mentioned earlier, it gives me strong Girls Aloud Chemistry vibes, especially songs like Models when they went full on kitsch. To me sounding like peak Girls Aloud or even Danni Minogue's underrated Neon Nights isn't a bad thing.

The genius of WYP is that after ten excellent songs, it ends with two of the best songs her career which were totally unexpected and stand out on the album. This album is missing those unexpected moments. It's my only complaint though. I had this on repeat over the weekend and I'm having to ration my plays.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:42 (one year ago) link

Though I think Disco is miles better than I thought first time around, the songs burrowed in deep.

― omar little

Disco has stayed with me a lot. I did an article where I ranked her albums last year and was surprised how much I still rated it.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:44 (one year ago) link

It took infinite Disco to open up the songs for me a bit more, and also hearing a few of them every other time I pop into a CVS or Target

omar little, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 01:45 (one year ago) link

going for a more playful vibe on this doesn't really play to her strengths but she still basically manages fine. it's remarkably bold compared back-to-back with what's your pleasure, quite a shift. i do like the lush boogie sound on most of the album though, that's a good fit for her.

"begin again" and "these lips" are both fantastic but the rest of the album isn't quite that great. the weakest track is probably "pearls" which is fine but completely forgettable.

i still don't get why "lightning" is on the album, it's fine but it's wildly out of place since the rest of the album is so committed to specific retro palette. "freak me now" deviates from that a little too but fits in much more naturally

ufo, Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:28 (one year ago) link

She sounds like a Pilates instructor on too many tracks.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:30 (one year ago) link

lol i'm not that harsh on her

ufo, Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:34 (one year ago) link

She sounds like a Pilates instructor on too many tracks.

― the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn)

Lol

Yeah I’m also not feeling this one, I was really excited for it as WYP? was easily one of my favorite albums that year but there’s something missing here. It feels tacky where WYP? feels sophisticated. And there’s an artificiality to it, like she went this route because it felt it was what people wanted.

I can’t say it’s a bad album, it sounds extremely competent and I think every song “sounds” great but I’m not connecting with it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:42 (one year ago) link

i think she just felt more confident after wyp's success and wanted to try something bolder

ufo, Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:45 (one year ago) link

I find the criticisms a little mystifying, i think it sounds good. And I think it's absolutely clear that this is what she wanted to do versus previous albums where she felt perhaps like she was in fact doing what people wanted her to do, or becoming someone they wanted her to become when it's not what she herself wanted.

omar little, Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:53 (one year ago) link

I mean I don't think she's not telling the truth in interviews when she says exactly this

omar little, Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:54 (one year ago) link

I agree: this is the album she wanted to record.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 May 2023 13:54 (one year ago) link

I think it's quite solidly her third best album. Ahead of tough love, which I do like a lot, and way ahead of glasshouse, which has a couple highlights but otherwise really does sound like her trying to be someone she's not.

omar little, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:03 (one year ago) link

WYP
Devotion
TFG
Tough Love
Glasshouse

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:14 (one year ago) link

Glasshouse is my favorite

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:15 (one year ago) link

wyp
devotion
tfg/tough love
glass house

idk which i prefer of this & tough love, both are solid but a little lacking compared to what came prior, though still some great moments

ufo, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:23 (one year ago) link

Team Moka / ufo on first listen

Nabozo, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:25 (one year ago) link

Tough Love has "You and I, Forever," "Sweetest Song," "Champagne Kisses," "Midnight Caller" -- love'em.

the dreaded dependent claus (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:27 (one year ago) link

The bonus version has some extra gems

omar little, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:30 (one year ago) link

Tough love my fav

nxd, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:38 (one year ago) link

I think it's quite solidly her third best album. Ahead of tough love, which I do like a lot, and way ahead of glasshouse, which has a couple highlights but otherwise really does sound like her trying to be someone she's not.

― omar little

This is exactly where I'm at. Glasshouse is the album where she lost her identity. I listened to it recently and only Your Domino (which doesn't fit on the album at all), Midnight and Last Of The True Believers stood out. The two bonus tracks should have been on there over things like Hearts, Thinking Of You and Sam which are the weakest songs she's done.

kitchen person, Thursday, 4 May 2023 14:57 (one year ago) link

Damn, loving this whole album.

underwater as a compliment (Eazy), Sunday, 7 May 2023 01:33 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.instagram.com/reel/Curjn2WoP93/

Jessie Ware and Roisin Murphy together. ILM might break.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 14 July 2023 18:29 (eleven months ago) link

we're already broken

Murgatroid, Saturday, 15 July 2023 13:50 (eleven months ago) link

:’(

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 15 July 2023 14:20 (eleven months ago) link

seriously though, cautiously excited

burned enough by anticipation for dream collaborations before to know that I shouldn't get my hopes up too high

Murgatroid, Saturday, 15 July 2023 14:21 (eleven months ago) link

was hoping it would be a new track but this is pretty cool too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1pOvK9URyU

Roz, Friday, 28 July 2023 16:13 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

The rumour is she has a new song coming out this Friday ahead of Glastonbury which is a Romy duet with Stuart Price. I kind of ended up hating most of T!FG in the end, but I loved the Romy album from last year so...for the time being I'm cautiously optimistic.

monotony, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 00:33 (two weeks ago) link

I'm surprised you ended up hating most of the last album monotony. It didn't take over my life like What's Your Pleasure but I still enjoy most of it. Romy's album is better though. That one is still on regular rotation, especially as our daughter still asks to hear Enjoy Your Life almost daily.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 01:07 (two weeks ago) link

Hating is probably overstating it. But the impression I was left with was that the album seemed like a very deliberate attempt to recapture the magic of WYP, and in the end it came across to me as the work of someone who wasn't relying on intuition...it was more calculated, if that makes sense. There was also a certain garish tackiness to it all which is less my speed than WYP's elegant sophistication. And ever since I read Alfred's Peloton instructor critiques in this thread, I've not been able to shake that image when I listen to "Free Yourself" lol.

All that said, I do like Freak Me Now (non-Terfy-Murphy version), and when I saw her live at the end of last year she put on a fantastic show and I'd absolutely see her again at the first available opportunity.

monotony, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 01:41 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, I totally get that. There's a few songs in the second half that don't quite work for me now. The songs that would make my own Jessie Ware best of playlist would be the more understated ones like Lightning, Hello Love and These Lips which ended up being my favourite song on the album.

I am kind of fascinated by the reaction the last album got. On RYM it's rated almost as highly as WYM. It also got some of the best reviews of her career. Over on Popjustice people are as divided as they are on here. A lot of people were disappointed with how kitsch it was. A few friends on another music forum I post really dislike it too.

What's Your Pleasure is still probably my album of the decade so far (Mercurial World being the main competition) and was a tough act to follow. I'm kind of hoping she brings back some of the moodiness and elegant sophistication as you say for the next album. Maybe revisit the Devotion era sound or maybe something like The Kill which is the one that gets me the most these days from WYP.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 02:26 (two weeks ago) link

Is it her New Jersey?

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Wednesday, 26 June 2024 02:30 (two weeks ago) link

my kids absolutely adore T!FG and that's totally fine with me.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 26 June 2024 02:47 (two weeks ago) link

this is the kinda song that I bet sounds great at Glastonbury but at home I'm just kinda bored by this tbh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVaKVxoFMMQ

Murgatroid, Sunday, 30 June 2024 13:42 (one week ago) link

Kinda gives me...Deborah Cox remixed by Jayda G. I don't dislike it per se, but I think Romy gets drowned out by Jessie (in the chorus particularly) and so is almost superfluous in the end.

monotony, Monday, 1 July 2024 23:24 (one week ago) link

Musically it sounds more like Romy's album than That Feels Good. I really like it.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 2 July 2024 00:18 (one week ago) link


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