Devotion - Jessie Ware
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 89
  2. Negative: 4 out of 89

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  1. Oct 13, 2012
    9
    Although musically paved in 60's R&B and 80's ambient sound, Jessie Ware's debut album managed to be the most refreshing music that ever came to my ears this year. Her classy voice and dark melodies send shivers down my spine at each song of it. Even though her songwriting is obviously a bit raw and natural, it doesn't weakens the substance of the discussion of love made by her. Stellar debut, stunning career ahead. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    9
    "Wildest Moments" is definitely going to be added to my all-time favorite playlist. Together with all the other tracks, Ware's debut album is an instant winner. The albums is consistent in sound and Ware's vocal blends like nothing else with the music. As for the Gold Edition, I really like how the song has a new dynamic thanks to A$AP Rocky's lyrics on the remixed version of "Wildest Moments". This is a must-have masterpiece! Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    9
    Despite Ware's assumed inspirations, Devotion is a wonderful piece of work concerning this current era of generic bubblegum pop. There's no place for auto-tune abuse here: everything is flowy, smooth and properly sultry when needed.
  4. May 13, 2013
    10
    Before I start this review, this a review of the American release, not the UK which was already release back in august. Now that 's over, here's one word I can say about Jessie Ware's debut album "Devotion", Outstanding. It's one of the best albums of 2013, and one of the most interesting pop albums in a long time. Most of you might not know who Jessie Ware is, she's from the UK, and has first started off in the music industry guest appearing on other songs from other popular indie artists. She makes her debut with Devotion which describing what it's about may be difficult, at times it's about love, friendship, emotions, and maybe something unknown, but it all works out in great style. The beats, sounds, and Rhythm are perfectly balanced with each song, making each song sound different from the other, sometimes it's electronic, other times it's R&B, but the total package is Pop. All this making this interesting Pop. Jessie Ware does an outstanding job with her vocals, going along beautifully with everything going on in each song. The album has 13 songs (including a remix of Wildest Moments with A$AP Rockey.) and it never feels slow or too fast. Personal favorites on this album include "Wildest Moments", "Running", "Swan Song", and "Sweet Talk". In the end, this is an album to keep an eye on throughout the rest of this year, an album of almost pure perfection. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2012
    9
    This album is pure art and is so luscious. It's sweet. It's Gritty. It's Edgy. But It's soft all at the same time. Jessie Ware has a strong link between Sade and SBTRKT, with Lisa Standfield-like vocals and stunning undercovered musical tastes, This South Londoner's Debut has definitely become 'one of the best albums of the year.'
  6. Jul 3, 2013
    9
    One of the most promising singers I've ever listened to, this album proved to be everything you could expect from a R&B artist, that is also flexible with her collaborations with electronic artists like SBTRKT and Disclosure.
  7. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    I love love love this album, really original, love the 90s influences, her voice is stunning, her live voice is even more stunning. I love how different every songs sounds. 9/10
  8. Sep 4, 2012
    10
    One of most interesting albums of the year. The songs are a great combination of pure Jessie Ware's voice and broken rhythmically electronic sounds. Pop of the highest quality.
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 16, 2013
    86
    The new songs on this already-strong collection only elevate the ceiling of Ware’s potential.
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    90
    If this isn't the album of the year, it's at least the art-pop album of the year, or the neo-sophisti-pop album of the year, or--beside Frank Ocean's Channel Orange--the alternative R&B album of the year.
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    83
    There's a youthful, warm energy emanating from Ware's vocals that enervates Devotion, making it more than a mere exercise in restrained, sophisticated sexiness.