Jess Glynne's Always In Between: What You Need To Know
After rising to fame as the guest vocalist on chart-topping hits like Route 94's 'My Love' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be', Jess Glynne unveiled her debut album I Cry When I Laugh in 2015, scoring two Number One hits of her own and marking her out as one of the UK's brightest emerging talents.
Three years on Glynne is ready to release its follow-up, which makes its arrival in stores today. It's called Always In Between, here's everything you need to know about it...
A little background...
Since the release of her debut album Glynne has been on a tour of the US and an arena-filling tour of the UK, the latter eventually wrapping after her performance at last year's V Festival.
Glynne has been working on sings for her next album ever since, but she has also found time to write songs for the likes of Little Mix and collaborate on a handful of tracks with other artists, not least on Rudimental's chart-topper 'These Days', on which Glynne appeared alongside Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
'I'll Be There', the first single from the follow-up to her debut, arrived in May this year, followed by the announcement of a new album in June which revealed the cover artwork and title.
Who's producing it?
The new album has been worked on by a laundry list of producers that includes Starsmith, Toby Gad, John Ryan, Mark Ralph, Louis Bell, Cass Lowe, Steve Mac and Norwegian production duo Electric.
Any special guests?
Plenty on the production side of things, but in terms of performances it's pretty much just Jess here (although the Rudimental track with Macklemore and Dan Caplen does appear on the deluxe edition of the album).
What does it sound like?
As with her debut, Always In Between's large roster of production talent makes for quite a smorgasbord of different styles and flavours, and while that can often make an album feel more like a collection of singles rather than something to be taken as a whole, on first listen the new album does feel more cohesive than its predecessor.
Glynne continues to bolster her pop-soul credentials right across the album, bringing the gospel vibes on her huge single 'I'll Be There' and delivering slices of radio-friendly pop on tracks like 'All I Am'. Elsewhere though Glynne mixes things up a bit, with the acoustic-led ballad 'Thursday' and the R&B-tinged '123'.
Does it deliver?
If her debut felt a little scattershot at times it was more than redeemed by Glynne's unique vocals, which continue to exhibit the same blend of fragility and raw power on its follow-up. On Always In Between though it's clear that Glynne is moving towards cementing her own identity as an artists and she makes several strides towards that here. While not every track hits the mark, there's plenty to enjoy here for fans who loved her debut and as ever it's her voice that glues the album together. It'd be interesting to see if her next album slims down the number of producers involved, but for now this is a very confident step forwards.