#NewMusicFriday: ‘Always In Between’ by Jess Glynne

Although diverse and wide-ranging, the Hold My Hand singer’s sophomore release is generic, pandering pop which for the most part lacks impact and distinction – ★★★

There was something promising about Always In Between. With just under half of the tracklist for Glynne’s debut being taken up by singles we’d heard before, the new sounds of I Cry When I Laugh were overshadowed by the déjà vu of the old. Her follow-up was destined to be fresh, unheard of and a continued exploration of new directions for the London musician, yet the end result was a lot more underwhelming.

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian sums up the mediocre nature of the album well in his review. The second album should always offer a sense of progression, which Always In Between offers, albeit through the popular vocal styles and musical genres of the day. There’s ballads such as Insecurities for the Adele fans, while Never Let Me Go blends the Sheeran-esque guitar melodies with the harsh trap which has been dominating pop music lately.

Once again, it’s the singles which pack the punch on the record. Hit-makers Rudimental make These Days a vibrant summer jam, while talented singer-songwriter Frances lends a helping hand on the stripped-back pop track All I Am. 123 has a sense of soulful familiarity to it that we’ve probably heard before, while I’ll Be There has hard-hitting drums and catchy yodel-like vocals. The final single, Thursday – released a day before the album – is a refreshing, soft track away from the usual vibrant, loud sounds.

Glynne’s portfolio of hits is testament that there’s a winning formula there somewhere working with a phenomenal voice, yet Always In Between lets this descend to a point of disappointing blandness. It’s a comfortable background listen, but for a voice like Glynne’s, it should be one which commands your attention.

Always In Between is available now.

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Musical Discovery: ‘Hold My Hand’ by Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne has already made a name for herself after her involvement in massive number one singles from 2014. Collaborations such as My Love (with Route 94) as well as her work with Clean Bandit all showcase Glynne’s talent.

The song begins with a piano riff that changes throughout the song to end with a style similar to the upbeat chords used by Clean Bandit.

Then it isn’t long before Jess Glynne introduces her lyrics. The verses include fast-paced vocals combined with a chant-like style. This then develops into a dance/house feel as the song builds into a chorus that is perfect for Glynne to showcase her soul.

Although unlike the groovy style of Right Here, the track has the same soul, but with a fresh upbeat groove on the side.

What do you think of the track? Comment below!

Liam