Tough Love

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware’s second album seems to have an incredible amount of pressure behind it, being the work that could launch her from rapidly growing artist to pop superstardom. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t — but really, the album left me with more questions than answers. She seems to hit a logical balance between sugar and avant-garde. But is she holding back? She explores different genres. But is she trying to do too much, and are those ideas riddled with cliches? That voice has incredible power and flexibility. But do we ever hear it feel comfortable? Don’t get me wrong — it’s a solid record, but not the kind that launches a career to the next level. Does she even want her career launched to the next level? Will the indie-pop community embrace her in the underground? Does she spend too much time playing both sides of the fence?