Although Jess Glynne is mainly known stateside for her collaboration with Clean Bandit on the song “Rather Be,” Glynne has been making records across the pond.
Her new album “Always in Between” dropped Friday, but the first single off the album “I’ll Be There” has already broken records, making Glynne the first solo female artist to have seven songs top the U.K. Singles chart.
The album starts off with an introduction to the general vibe of the entire album with a song simply titled “Intro.” With gospel undertones and Glynne’s soulful voice singing about how she’s always in a middle place, the song addresses why the title of the album is “Always in Between.”
The tone goes from the cheerful gospel tone to a more somber one on the next song “No One” off before lifting to a more upbeat tone. The song plays off the old term that no one is someone until they are someone to someone else and how Glynne fears failing those people that see her as someone.
Although the lyrics are more serious and negative, the beat easily causes foot tapping and head bobbing.
The album reveals more of Glynne’s vulnerable side with songs “Thursday,” “Broken,” “Hate/Love” and “Insecurities.” All the songs deal with a different aspect of Glynne’s anxieties and how she manages them, which others can relate to.
Coming right after a song about insecurity, “I’ll Be There” is a mantra of support from the artist that mirrors the overall theme of the album of always being in between.
The song, which was the first single released from the album, shows off a different side of Glynne’s already impressive vocal ability. Most artists use the chorus to show off their ability to reach impressive high notes, but Glynne’s voice stays constant and the runs and inflexion she makes on certain words demonstrate her command of her vocal talents.
More upbeat songs come after “I’ll Be There” are intermixed with the rawer emotional songs early in the album.
“Rollin’” is an easy song to bop to. The trumpet accompanies the beat well and Glynne’s voice belts out against the negative person who’s determined to stop her fun.
“All I Am” is a song that demonstrates Glynne’s ability to do vocal gymnastics and lift up the mood from the heavier songs. The smooth beat and flow of the music is easy to hum along to and sway to.
For a sophomore album, Glynne manages to connect some of the aspects of her previous album while also further developing her own style. Although Glynne’s unique voice and sheer vocal talent may make it difficult to hit the high notes of some of the songs, the album is great to listen to and may induce strange looks from coworkers while you unconsciously head nod and foot tap.