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Who You Are - Jessie J
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Who You Are - Jessie J
Date: 04/02/12, updated on 05/02/12 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Pretty much everything, this is a pretty original album
Disadvantages: A couple of very weak tracks sadly that have no place on it!
For Christmas I had a huge list of albums that I wanted and luckily my best mate got hold of it and got me pretty much every album I had my eye on, this being one of them!
Who Is Jessie J?:
Well this is Jessie's (real name Jessica Ellen Cornish) debut album after her first two songs, 'Do it like a dude' and 'Price tag' made number one and number two respectively in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and New Zealand charts. This album was released in February 2011 and it charted at number two in the UK album charts.
She is an English singer/songwriter (she comes from London actually) and scoops awards left right and centre after going it alone from a girl band she was in two years where she first found 'fame' on you tube.
Track List And Opinions:
One of my favourite songs at the moment by anyone this to me can only be described as an Urban song, unpolished rapping at the beginning. The moral of the story is money can't buy you happiness. I like the way that the music is secondary on this track to the lyrics and towards the end there is rapping on there by B.o.B which breaks up slightly and as I said earlier I really like this track adn it really does show off Jessie's voice!
Parental advisory is advised on this track with the f word popping up which to be fair is necessary on this as its a really heartfelt story/song about mistakes and learning in life. Her voice really is superb on this and raw like it hasn't been tweeked or played about with too much which I really like. Again the music on this track is great but its clever how the main attraction is Jessie's voice which is louder than anything else.
This is more of a pop song that the previous two and a bit more polished and generic then lots of the other tracks. Its simply ok this one, with a bit of backing on it though I have to be honest to me its a shame that this song is on this album as everything else is so unique, this isn'tt really and feels like a filler and quite simply it rather bored me and is one I like to skip lol.
Big White Room:
This is a love recording and you can really get the ambience of that particularly at the end of the song. This is Jessie singing along with a guitar and it really just show what a talent she is as her voice just along again singing about freedom from within is so soulful and in tune and her vocals are fabulous and this is one of my favourite tracks ever of hers though for me does feel a bit long to be honest and a bit shouty towards the end.
Casualty Of Love:
Once again this song is filled with real emotions from Jessie as many of her songs are. This one has a really cross between soul and pop feel to it and is simply lovely. No shouting on this one which I appreciate and this one is simply an easy listening track really with a great message about love.
This starts off with a slightly techno feel it and turns into rap singing with a little baking and this is my least favourite song on the album. Its a bit too poppy for me with too much racket going on...showing my 37 year old status now but I really dond't like it, it has predictable rhyming lyrics and quite simply gets on my wick lol
Who's Laughing Now:
A fantastic pop song with a really good message about bullying in it which I feel from listening to this song, Jessie actually knows something about. Yes some of the lyrics in it are a bit silly but it does have a very important message to it and it always gets me moving about this one. This is about Jessie! Her name gets mentioned in it and I like the way it goes through rapping to her singing with real raw emotion. Its like she is singing as her young self to how she is now and I love it! Who's laughing now? I think Jessie must be and all the way to the bank too.....wonder if she has ever been to a school reunion...anyway I digress lol!
Do It Like A Dude:
A song if I listen to I can't get out of me head and in fact I been singing the chorus from this for the past couple of days now which is what made me do this review lol.
This song again contains some bad language but again in my mind the language is necessary because its a song full of attitude however it does use the f word, bitch and allsorts so if easily offended I'd be very careful purchasing the album lol.
Mamma Knows Best:
This starts with a big band feel and shows off her soulful, slightly jazzy voice and for me totally changes the feel and style of this album and of course its all about mama knows best. Not a bad song but for me lacks something I just can't put me finger on what it is though! I do like the fact she doesn't shout quite so much mind which she does have a tendency to do rather alot to get her point across lol
In this song Jessie tells us she would never write a song about love and to be honest after listening to this one I wish she hadn't. Its a bit too sickly sweet for me and I don't want to know someone calls her milky either. Yes we get it your in love but spelling it doesn't make it any more real. In it though she does say that love doesn't matter if it comes from a boy a girl which is testament to the fact that she openly bisexual which again I appreciate as once again you get the feeling this is a very personal album to her. I'm just not keen on this song I'm afraid!
A song with a guitar backing and clapping and this is a soulful song. Its a kind of inspirational song trying to make us feel good about ourselves no matter our ages etc and sorry these are the type of songs I hate with a passion and wish singers wouldn't do em! This song I particularly hate I'm afraid. This doesn't stretch her talents and doesn't feel as original as her other stuff, which of course it is. Sorry Jessie this song really is a complete waste of time on here!
I Need This:
Lovely song with a nice bit of electric guitar on it with her singing about her needing space and once again and not for the first time on this album you get the feeling she knows what's she's talking about on the subject. Not shouty but sang with a passion this is a really unusual track and reminds me of a song that could appear in a modern day musical and it helps that there's no bad language in this one either lol.
Who You Are:
This is an acoustic version of this song and I love it! I think this song shows off her lyrics to their very best on this album and see why its left to last. Be true to who you are is the message of this song and me, I listen to this when I'm down to cheer me up! It simply brilliant, raw and untweeked with her voice cracking occasionally and I think its simply superb!
I do really like this album! I like the great mix of songs and styles however I do find her shouting through some of them a bit much but do realise that she is trying to put across a feisty and not to be messed with persona but she has an amazing voice and really doesn't need to do that at all. There is a bit of bad language on the album but in her defence I feel that the swearing is in place within the songs it is on and not misplaced and lets face it most youngsters use worse language than this and could probably teach her a few words!
There are a couple of tracks on this I don't like however this is her first album and if its anything to go on she will learn and fast and I can't wait to collect her others as I expect greatness as she matures in age and as an artist. I mean shes only 23 after all!
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Summary: An album with a right mix on it and something on it for everyone!