Record Review: Jessie Ware – Tough Love

Last Friday saw the official Australian release of Jessie Ware's much anticipated sophomore record, Tough Love. Lucky for The 5 to 9 Life, we received an advanced copy of the record and if you're wondering if the Tough Love is worth the purchase, we suggest hitting the link below to read our review.

Record Review - Jessie Ware_Tough Love

I’ve already reviewed more than a couple of releases from Jessie Ware‘s new album, but hearing the entire album from beginning to end really makes sense.

Opening with title track ‘Tough Love‘ pretty much introduces us to the themes behind this record: relationships, heartbreak and a sense of seduction?

After listening to the record, Say You Love Me is still my favourite track and brings about all the feels but Ware switches up the vibes of the record with ‘You and I (Forever)’ and ‘Cruel’, with the latter keeping within those themes of a broken relationship but sung against an upbeat melody.

Kind of..Sometimes..Maybe brings a hint of seduction to the record, especially with co-writer Miguel whispering in the ears of Ware (and the listener!) as she shares with us of how ‘Jamie, Johnny and Jack keep her warm’.

Even with my numerous reviews of the singles she teasingly released as the anticipation of the record’s release date edged closer, it was seemingly obvious that these particular singles were meant for chart success and definitely would have grabbed the attention of mainstream radio’s audiences.

Moving on.. ‘Pieces’ shows Ware’s stand-out songwriting skills simply with that hook: ‘I had to shatter to pieces. You made me reveal myself, reveal myself. So if you no longer need them, Then give them to someone else.’

I have to admit towards the end of the record, when we hear ‘Champagne Kisses’ and ‘Desire’, I’ve hit the point of the record in which I feel that it’s time for “Tough Love” to come to an end. Not because these are the last two songs of the record, but more in the sense, that the record may have been better without these two tracks. And in saying that, I was left in utter disbelief when I heard ’12’ (below) didn’t make it onto “Tough Love”! That was a bad move in my personal opinion.

In saying that, however, whilst there isn’t anywhere online for you to stream the record, or “try before you buy” so to speak; I’m letting you know right now, that there is no need for that. Once you’ve purchased the record and listened to it all the way through, you’ll want to go back to the beginning of “Tough Love” and listen to the entire record from beginning all the way to the end – again and again and again.

Break down the tracks separately and they don’t make that much sense; but together, they form the perfect ‘Pieces’. 😉

As mentioned earlier though, Ware released a demo track off the record last week, which didn’t end up making the final cut but I kind of wish it did. ’12’. Could it have been the 12th track from the record? The song itself suggests that ’12’ might represent midnight. But who really knows?

Listen to ’12’ below and guess what? If you love it as much as I do, it’s available as a FREE download! Who doesn’t love FREE stuff? 😀