2014 | Interscope | 43 minutes
I’ll admit: I still watch Pretty Little Liars.
Even though I’ve almost had enough of the plot twists and cliffhanger endings, I stay tuned for two reasons: the awesome fashion and the sexy music supervision.
Last week’s episode included a song called “Tough Love”, from Jessie Ware’s album of the same name. I spotted the song on Spotify and wound up listening to the whole album.
Jessie has a lush romantic voice like Sade’s and spins soft, soulful, captivating tunes heavy with disco references. Jessie’s songs have that soft- focus, hip- swinging vibe. Also: Love her black- and- white aesthetic.
A quick trip to Wikipedia reveals that the album reached No. 9 on the UK charts and features collaborations with Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. Jessie also co-wrote and sang backing vocals on “The Crying Game”, off Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint.
I came for the single and stayed for the album. If you want to treat your ears, listen to “Tough Love” on a quiet night.
If You Like: Sam Smith, Leona Lewis, Lykke Li, Dido
Standout Tracks: Tough Love, Say You Love Me, Champagne Kisses