Last year I listened to Clean Bandit’s Rather be a million times (not literally, but a lot). I knew from the title that it featured Jess Glynne, but I didn’t know who she was until her latest single Hold my hand broke everywhere.
To be honest, I thought she was the girl that appeared on the official music video of Rather be. I was wrong.
I would like to give you a little background to Jess Glynne before I review her latest music album. According to Wikipedia, the songwriter was born Jessica Hannah Glynne on October 20, 1989 (she’s one year younger than me!)
Jess Glynne, from Muswell Hill, London, got her big break after she featured on Route 94’s My love in 2013. She is signed to Atlantic Records UK.
I cry when I laugh is made up of 14 tracks and considered to have an electronic and house “flavor”. Next, I will write my impressions of the album while listening to it.
Strawberry Fields starts things off with a chilled and slightly scratched one-and-half-minute introduction. Jess vocals sound relaxed and invite the listener to keep playing the album. Gave me something exudes a hopeful and cheerful feeling that centers on a relationship where a couple complements each other.
Hold my hand, as many of you probably know, has a very upbeat piano playing throughout the song. Jess’ powerful vocals convey gratitude towards the person that “stops you from falling”.
You might know the next track from somewhere. Real love features the Cambridge electronic group Clean Bandit (quid pro quo, you could say) and is the first song on the band’s iTunes special edition of New Eyes. Real Love has an 8-bit and Clean-Bandit-touch that somehow reminds of Rather Be. The band’s violins and techno music mix on the background for a very danceable song.
Ain’t got far to go makes you nod your head up and down, with piano, violins, and cheerful oh-oh choruses. Jess keeps a positive message to “fight on your own” and follow your dreams until they come true. Take me home has a more serene beat and asks that special someone to “take the wheels if I lose control”.
The true Jess Glynne comes back with a dance attitude with Don’t be so hard on yourself. I jumped from my seat and danced for a while with the maybe-inspired-by-Clean-Bandit track.
You can find me gives a shoulder to cry on and someone to come home to when you feel alone; and Why me is an electronic gospel full of sadness that asks why that someone left.
Jess keeps the positive attitude with Love me, although the song doesn’t feature too many instruments (just what it sounds like a piano, some clapping in the background and long almost-silent outro).
It Ain’t right has a fading-in intro and trumpets that make you feel like you “can do things on your own”; while the track Not rights or wrongs questions the meaning of life in an upbeat manner.
The slow ballad Saddest Vanilla features Emeli Sande and wants to get the pain out of a broken heart. Right here closes the album with a dance sound and trumpets to make you leave everything behind.
What do you think of the album? Let me know in the comment section.