"Tough Love (Deluxe Version)" by Jessie Ware on iTunes

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even before her gorgeous 2012 debut, Devotion, we were captivated by Jessie Ware—her elegant cameos added simmering substance to hits from the likes of SBTRKT and Sampha. The South Londoner's second full-length has more spark than the first album’s candle-lit glow, but Ware’s signature sound—all heart-melting croon and late-night electro-soul grooves—makes Tough Love mesmerizing. The bass-heavy pulse of the title track captivates from the very beginning, showcasing the singer’s feather-light vocal against a minimal backing. Tough Love’s other great moments include the Sade-inspired "Sweetest Song” and "Say You Love Me” (which was co-written with Ed Sheeran). But ultimately, its Ware’s singing—subtle, romantic, and filled with yearning—that has us cueing up Tough Love again as soon as it’s finished.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even before her gorgeous 2012 debut, Devotion, we were captivated by Jessie Ware—her elegant cameos added simmering substance to hits from the likes of SBTRKT and Sampha. The South Londoner's second full-length has more spark than the first album’s candle-lit glow, but Ware’s signature sound—all heart-melting croon and late-night electro-soul grooves—makes Tough Love mesmerizing. The bass-heavy pulse of the title track captivates from the very beginning, showcasing the singer’s feather-light vocal against a minimal backing. Tough Love’s other great moments include the Sade-inspired "Sweetest Song” and "Say You Love Me” (which was co-written with Ed Sheeran). But ultimately, its Ware’s singing—subtle, romantic, and filled with yearning—that has us cueing up Tough Love again as soon as it’s finished.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

264 Ratings

She is Lovely

kcashinb,

This woman’s voice is so soothing and gracefully composed. Her music is simply heavenly.

Looking Forward

bluedemon218,

Finally new material!!! I've been looking forward towards new material from her. She has an incredible voice. Too bad there aren't any other tracks to stream. Tough Love is great, but I'm hoping that there is a track just as good as Wildest Moments.

About Jessie Ware

A diverse handful of guest appearances and solo singles across 2010 and 2011 situated Jessie Ware in a line of remarkable soul-inspired U.K. vocalists, including Tracey Thorn, Sade, Lisa Stansfield, and Caron Wheeler. Ware, a native of South London, England, arrived with background vocals for Man Like Me and Jack Peñate and took the lead on RackNRuin's "Soundclash," where she revealed a voice powerful enough to be heard and felt over a frantic, breakbeat-driven production. By the end of 2010, she issued "Nervous," a collaboration with SBTRKT. The following year was even more productive. Her first 2011 release was "Valentine," a sighing/swooning duet with vocalist/producer Sampha. It was followed by two appearances on SBTRKT's self-titled album, one of which -- the garage/broken beat hybrid "Sanctuary" -- also featured Sampha. "The Vision," the title track on dubstep producer Joker's 4AD debut, was the most impressive showcase for Ware yet, and she closed out the year with another solo single, "Strangest Feeling," a somewhat emotionally wrenching track produced by the Invisible's Dave Okumu. Okumu and Julio Bashmore collaborated with Ware for the singer's first release of 2012, the plush sophisti-pop single "Running." An album, Devotion, followed on Island that August. It debuted at number five in the U.K. and was shortlisted for the 2012 Mercury Prize. In 2014, after extensive touring and recording, Ware released the singles "Tough Love" and "Say You Love Me," the latter of which was a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. The album Tough Love followed that October and featured production work from Benny Blanco (Maroon 5, Katy Perry). The effort reached number nine on the U.K. Album Chart, marking Ware's second Top Ten release. 2014 also saw Jessie contribute vocals to Nicki Minaj's song "The Crying Game," for which she also received a songwriting credit. She returned in July 2017 with "Midnight," the first single from her third record, Glasshouse, which arrived in the fall of that year. The release continued Ware's work with Blanco and featured new collaborations with songwriters such as Pop Wansel, Ryan Tedder, and Cashmere Cat. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • BORN
    Oct 15, 1984

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