Music review: Jessie Ware strikes right chords on EP

  • By Reetu Rupal

    Associated Press

    Jessie Ware, “If You’re Never Gonna Move EP,” (Interscope/Cherrytree) January 20, 2013
“If You’re Never Gonna Move”

Though she was first heard singing vocals for U.K. acts like Joker and SBTRKT, South Londoner Jessie Ware strikes out on her own — providing a much-needed injection into the British music scene and giving Emeli Sande some breathing space. Ware’s U.S. debut EP, “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” is a collection of sophisticated nu-soul tunes, intelligent beats and blissful, soothing Sade-esque vocals. Relationships and lust are central themes, and the delivery is heartfelt, soulful and unobtrusive. The title track is a melodic dream about chasing love and “Devotion” is a downtempo love letter. And “Sweet Talk,” a 1980s-laced groove, is a pop gem, much like Ware herself. “Devotion,” her Mercury Prize-nominated U.K. full-length debut album, will be released April 2 in America. Can’t wait.


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