Peer into Jessie Ware's 'Glasshouse'

October 21, 2017

When I heard Jessie Ware had dropped her third album, I was instantly excited, because we have been waiting for years. Okay, technically since 2014. “Tough Love” was a spectacular display of Ware’s vocal range, and “Glasshouse” was definitely worth the wait. Ware’s raw, emotional lyrics blend beautifully with her soulful pop sound.

 

Don’t let me fall through, now that I need you

— “Midnight”

 

“Midnight” is the first song on the album, and it reels you in with its slow beat at the beginning. It quickly grows and transforms into a sensual power ballad. It’s strong, soulful and sets a solid tone for the entire album.

 

Other hits throughout the album expose more of Ware’s vulnerability; her doubts, new adventure in motherhood and the love of her family. It’s refreshing to hear the things people like you and me go through everyday set against a pop, soul backbeat.  

 

Take the weight off my shoulders, say I won’t make the same mistake when we’re older, cause with every step you take I’m getting colder. Come a little closer, just come a little closer

— “Alone”

 

In the song, “Alone,” the lyrics bring out what we all seek in relationships. They express the need to be loved and reaffirmed, to know your partner won’t leave you. It describes that worry and fear that can happen when you realize how much love you have for someone.

 

“First Time” is one of my favorite songs on the album. Ware’s voice is airy and light, yet sad. The song asks to bring them back to when they were deeply passionate about one another, and more importantly, if that love is still there. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

 

“Glasshouse” seems like an ironic title, given this album is powerful and solid with emotion after emotion. But Ware’s ‘glasshouse’ is a metaphor for her transparency. You can see right into her life, her loves, her fears, her wants and desires.

 

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Ware discussed her bouts with anxiety and how since becoming a new mom, touring affects her family’s new lifestyle. It’s clear Ware worries about failure and success all at the same moment. But, I think if she keeps going and giving her all like she has been, she will see another triumph in “Glasshouse.”

 

 

Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.

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