Jess Glynne, the vocals behind massive number ones like Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Route 94's My Love, has finally released her debut album, I Cry When I Laugh. No longer behind the production of other artists, it's about time Glynne became a woman in her own right.
Just to add to her list of accomplishments, she has already reached number one with her fifth single Don't Be So Hard On Yourself, making her the second British female artist to have five number one singles. And she just released her debut album. I mean, is there anything this girl can't do?! (Actually, yes. A couple of years ago she auditioned for The X Factor, only to be turned away. Cowell and co missed out, but Glynne? Well, maybe she made a lucky escape).
The album features heartbreaking, often quite vulnerable, lyrics but Glynne somehow manages to add uplifting melodies, which creates a perfect juxtaposition. She makes the type of music (yes, she's pretty much co-written the whole album) that you just know you'll put on full blast just so you can drown out your world and sing along.
Tracks like Right Here and Hold My Hand are the ones you can just imagine playing in clubs, whereas the likes ofTake Me Home and Gave Me Somethingare more radio-friendly (and the ones you'll inevitably be playing out loud). But while it was her being a featured artist that got her into the spotlight, she only has one new collaboration, with Emeli Sande on Saddest Vanilla, which is as somber as it sounds.
She has one of those voices that are so distinguishable that if you hear her voice on the radio, you can guess it has her stamp all over the song within seconds. Her debut is one of the strongest I have heard for a long time. She is an established voice before she's even been properly introduced into the music industry, and with hits at every corner, this won't be the last time we'll hear of her.
See the full tracklist for I Cry When I Laugh below.
1. Strawberry Fields 2. Gave Me Something 3. Hold My Hand 4. Real Love 5. Ain’t Got Far To Go 6. Take Me Home 7. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself 8. You Can Find Me 9. Why Me 10. Love Me 11. It Ain’t Right 12. No Rights No Wrongs 13. Saddest Vanilla (feat. Emeli Sande) 14. Right Here 15. Home 16. Bad Blood 17. My Love (Acoustic) 18. Not Letting Go (Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne) 19. Rather Be (Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne) 20. My Love (Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne)