ALBUM REVIEW: Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne had all the potential. Her voice is intriguing and powerful, her songwriting is empowering but somehow her debut album got lost in the delivery. “I Cry When I Laugh” loses the vulnerable power her vocals naturally create and sees her focusing on an exhausted pop/dance sound that is boring to say the least. Opening with the mediocre “Gave Me Something” the albums strongest moments come from the 80’s influenced “Hold My Hand” and the self-empowering banger “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” which happen to both be the albums lead singles. “Ain’t Got Far To Go” and “No Rights Or Wrongs” and “You Can Find Me” offer enjoyable moments of recycled harmonies but it’s “My Love” that showcases the albums potential. This acoustic track will have you in awe with her raw vocal ability, with soaring high notes and amazing emotion that this album should have offered more of. It’s a real shame that “I Cry When I Laugh” doesn’t see her doing anything too bold or outstanding. Her potential is there, it’s just hiding amongst the generic and exhausted sound this album is trying to live off.

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