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Jessie Ware performs "Say You Love Me"

Jessie Ware performs “Say You Love Me”

Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me” was one of my favorite love songs from 2014, which isn’t surprising since Ed Sheeran co-wrote it.

The UK star appeared on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden recently to perform the emotional track and she definitely did not disappoint.

Ware kept the performance simple, focusing on emoting and singing, but that’s all that was needed for this type of song.

“Say You Love Me” is a single from Ware’s 2014 sophomore album Tough Love

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I’ve been waiting for this post since Jessie Ware debuted her excellent single “Tough Love” earlier this year. The single is the title track for Ware’s new album Tough Love, which is currently out in the UK, but won’t be released in the U.S. until next week (Oct. 21).

It’s always a good idea for artists and their teams to combat illegal downloads by releasing streams until the material is available everywhere.

Ware’s Tough Love is now streaming on NPR and if the five songs we’ve already heard from the album (“Tough Love,” “Say You Love Me,” “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe,” “Want Your Feeling” and “Pieces”) are any indication this should be a solid release for the singer.

Listen to all eleven tracks here.

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Jessie Ware’s excellently moody single “Say You Love Me” was a result of a very successful collaboration with Ed Sheeran and now the singer has teamed up with another talented songwriter: Miguel.

Much like the R&B star’s music, “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” is a well-written sultry slow groove.

“Do I want you at all / Okay, just a bit / I hate to admit / Oh, kind of, sometimes, maybe,” Ware sings over gentle guitar picking.

Ware recently spoke with Complex about working with the popular singer/songwriter. “There were moments where me and the BenZel boys [also co writers and co producers] didn’t know where to look, he made it so steamy in the studio I swear to God.”

If the rest of the songs on Ware’s forthcoming album, Tough Love (Oct. 21) are anywhere near as good as the title track, “Say You Love Me” and this new release, it’s clearly going to be one of the best albums of the year. Continue reading

Jessie Ware in "Say You Love Me" video

Jessie Ware in “Say You Love Me” video

Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me” tells such a vivid story of a lover begging their partner to put 100% into their romance that it doesn’t need a dramatic music video. In fact, a traditional video with a linear narrative would’ve probably felt like overkill.

Instead, Ware had duo Tell No One direct a video in which she literally sits on a rock for four minutes. It’s not as boring as it sounds, I promise. Lighting, a beautiful background and Ware’s singing keeps things interesting.

“Say You Love Me” was co-written by Ed Sheeran.

Ware’s sophomore album Tough Love is out Oct. 21. Continue reading

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Jessie Ware’s forthcoming album Tough Love is definitely one of the fall releases that I’m most anticipating .

After collaborating with Ed Sheeran for the perfectly moody cut “Say You Love Me,” the singer resolves to make fans move with her Dev Hynes collaboration “Want Your Feeling.”

With the funky guitar licks that are common to Hynes’ Blood Orange projects and Ware’s sultry, melodic vocals on the song’s hook, “Want Your Feeling” is the perfect blend of the two musicians’ artistic personalities.

Ware will release Tough Love on Oct. 21.
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Jessie Ware has dropped off another moody cut in anticipation for her forthcoming album Tough Love.

If her captivating new single “Say You Love Me” feels like it could’ve been sung by Ed Sheeran, even down to the choir-like backing towards the end, it’s for a good reason. The talented singer/songwriter co-wrote the solid cut, which means it’s painstakingly beautiful.

“I don’t want to fall in love if you don’t want to try,” Ware sings over a steady percussion and melodic guitar riffs.

The songstress will release Tough Love later this year and it seems like it’s going to be quite hazardous for the emotionally unstable.

The album’s title track is easily one of my favorite singles of the year thus far. Continue reading

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Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love,” the title track and lead single from her forthcoming album, is still in heavy rotation over here and could possibly go down as one of the best singles of the year in my book.

Her latest release isn’t a single and it’s not featured on the standard edition of the album, but it’s pretty stunning anyway. “Share It All” is the kind of track you put on repeat when you’re having a lazy day in (by yourself or with a special someone). The track hinges on a simple, but melodic guitar line, atmospheric synths and Ware’s vocals, which are as soft and as soothing as ever.

If it sounds like something you’d throw into the mix while on an XX binge, there’s good reason for that. The band’s Romy Madley Croft co-wrote the the new release. Continue reading

Jessie Ware's "Tough Love" video

Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love” video

Days after Jessie Ware dropped off the Cyril Hahn remix of her excellent new song “Tough Love” the singer has unveiled the music video.

The video features a series of interesting shots and juxtapositions, cutting them together in a nonlinear manner. Jessie Ware is mostly seen with her back facing the camera or performing the track in a field, but the visuals also follows a group of people doing tasks that seem to have no relation to the song’s vulnerable lyrics.

Whether you get the video or not, this post should serve as a reminder that Ware’s “Tough Love” is one of the best releases of the year thus far. Continue reading

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“In the middle of the night all I think about is you.”

London songbird Jessie Ware makes a proper comeback with “Tough Love,” thanks to a subdued production and crystal clear notes delivered in Ware’s head voice. The song often feels quite muted, as if Ware is staring at the objection of her affection from behind a barrier. Other times, synths crescendo in atop hollowed percussion and layered background vocals. It’s ethereal, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a song with the word “tough” in the title. Continue reading