Recently signed to US major record label Cherrytree Records (Interscope), British R&B singer-songwriter Jessie Ware makes her debut into the US music stream with a 5-song EP titled If You’re Never Gonna Move. The EP features songs previously featured on her UK album, Devotion, along with a Two Inch Punch Remix of the song that bears the same name as the extended play.
The EP opens with the title track, “If You’re Never Gonna Move.” The song, originally titled “110%,” begins with a strange voiceover, serving as a lead up to Ware’s strong voice softly singing, “Now if you’re never gonna move, oh my love/you’ll make me come to you.” Lyric-wise, the song is rather repetitive, however, it will keep you tapping your foot or bobbing your head along to the quick-paced beat.
The second track, “Sweet Talk,” features more of a jazzy Motown vibe. Something you would want to snap your fingers to. Ware sings about someone having a way with words, always managing to keep her coming back: “I know I’m the weak one, and I won’t say no/you give me a reason, so I never go…”
“Devotion,” the title of her successful UK album, is also the third track of the EP. In it, Ware sings about a lost love that she desperately wants and needs back. “Life with you is like a dream/without you there’s no way to be.” Ware’s vocals in this song seem to be accompanied by an echo, giving it more of a haunting/chilling feel. The echo also keeps the lyrics and desperation resonating in your head.
For track number four, Jessie Ware puts her own take on Bobby Caldwell’s hit single, “What You Won’t Do For Love.” Adding an electronic/techno spin on it, Ware manages to “modernize” a classic song. Though fans of Caldwell might not appreciate the sound effects and the slightly quicker pace, this cover is definitely worth listening to… it might even inspire the new generation to check out the original.
The last track is the Two Inch Punch Remix of “If You’re Never Gonna Move.” It’s basically a faster, beat-embellished version of the song.
Jessie Ware definitely knows how to make an beat-filled entrance into American airwaves. As Ware’s debut, If You’re Never Gonna Move, serves its purpose – extending Jessie Ware’s fan base over to international waters. Her soft, yet smooth voice is showcased beautifully in each of the tracks – all along to a catchy dance beat. Ware succeeds at combining the classic R&B sound with the modern electronic beats, creating an album that provides both great lyrics AND a fun dance vibe.