Back in the 70s the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates led the field in AOR, or adult orientated rock. Now, it looks like SBTRKT and Joker collaborator Jessie Ware lead the charge for adult orientated pop. Her debut album may plunder the likes of Sade and Whitney for inspiration, but it’s brought up to date with help from Julio Bashmore and The Invisible’s Dave Okumu. It peaks with the Bashmore-produced ‘Running’ and ‘110%’, in which his subtle production and trademark guitar lines really lift Ware’s soulful crooning, while ‘Wildest Moments’ and ‘Devotion’ demonstrate Ware’s natural power and intensity. The middle section may lean a little too heavily on balladry, but if you’re looking for 2012’s most sophisticated pop star, you may just have found her.
File under Adult-orientated pop
Download ‘Devotion’ ‘Running’ ‘110%’
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