Who You Are

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
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  1. 80
    This debut switches effortlessly from r&b ballads to punchy rap tunes. With her big voice and ballsy attitude, is she Ilford's very own Pink?
  2. 75
    Jessie's outside-the-box persona gets buried under maximalist production and mainstream themes like bullying ("Who's Laughing Now"), girl power ("Do It Like a Dude"), and materialism (the sunny "Price Tag," a No. 1 single in the U.K.). But hope springs in the gorgeously paranoid ballad "Big White Room."
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    70
    She'll no doubt weather criticism for such a broad palette, and for a debut called Who You Are, it certainly doesn't shed any definitive light on its maker's artistic identity.
  4. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    On her debut full-length, the 22-year-old songwriter (see Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A.") nails a variety of roles: crotch-grabbing punker, '70s soul diva, Kelly Clarkson–style bellower.
  5. Uncut
    May 13, 2011
    60
    Sincere but Hokey homilies test the patience, but she brings imaginative vocal skills and real life experiences to "White Room," which displays a certain determined character. [Jun 2011, p.86]
  6. Apr 11, 2011
    60
    Who You Are is a singularly ironic title for a debut that finds Jessie J trying on discarded threads from every British pop starlet of the last half decade.
  7. Apr 7, 2011
    60
    Who You Are doesn't entirely deliver, but even when its songs fall short of the promised hype, their potential is obvious.
  8. Mar 28, 2011
    60
    Divested of the slowies, this would have been a fine pop record.
  9. 60
    She harmonises piquantly with herself over the languid guitar groove, and B.o.B's rap is pleasingly modest enough, too. The same can't really be said of such tracks as "Casualty Of Love" and "Rainbow", however, both singularly unimpressive songs tricked out with the showy vocal bling favoured by R&B divas as a substitute for genuine soul.
  10. Apr 26, 2011
    50
    Quite honestly, Ke$ha is just more fun to listen to, even though Jessie J may ultimately have more career longevity. It's a decent enough album for the teenage dance set though.
  11. Apr 26, 2011
    50
    These ambitiously sung songs make for tremendous chaos: the lyrics about uplift are often trite, the furiously modern arrangements are often cliched.
  12. Apr 11, 2011
    50
    Unfortunately, the songs on Who You Are that allow Jessie J's ugly, born-that-way vocals to cut loose are in the distinct minority. In the quest to find herself, she seems to have gotten sidetracked.
  13. Mar 28, 2011
    50
    What it's not, though, is a collection that confirms the arrival of a significant solo talent. It's too patchy, too hurried, the powers behind it too eager to capitalise on the artist's current chart success.
  14. 50
    Weirdest of all, though, is that no matter how much Jessie J sings about being herself, we don't really ever get a sense of who, or what, that is.
  15. It plays like a very conventional, early-90s pop record.
  16. Mar 22, 2011
    50
    She's still one to watch, but the hype which preceded the release of Who You Are promised much more than what has been delivered.
  17. Apr 12, 2011
    42
    In trying to be an über-pop-star, she ends up becoming an every-pop-star.
  18. Apr 20, 2011
    40
    Who You Are tries very hard to swagger, but it trips over its own feet and continues to self-consciously limp on through thirteen tracks, as if to suggest that's its hobbling is its normal walk.
  19. Apr 12, 2011
    40
    It's well-meaning, well-crafted and confused. Sometimes versatility can be a vice.
  20. Mar 22, 2011
    40
    In her first offering, Jessie J's only real failing appears to be her attempt to be everything to everyone. As a result the album fails to live up to its title, for by the end of it you're left none the wiser when it comes to the identity of Jessie J.
  21. Apr 29, 2011
    20
    Over-emoting at every turn, she obliterates otherwise innocuous soul, R&B and reggae-inflected songs with gimmicky vocal histrionics, strident attempts at melisma and the kind of callow self-help lyrics that are apparently mandatory for all young pop stars nowadays.
  22. Mar 28, 2011
    20
    She comes across like a severely dumbed-down Lily Allen at best, and at worst she seems like someone you would want to root against in a televised singing competition
  23. Mar 29, 2011
    10
    This is dead-eyed pop with aspirations of being your comfort food but turns out to be a starchy soulless slop.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. May 8, 2012
    3
    Sadly, the result here is a rushed album that sounds cheap throughout. 'Do It Like a Dude', 'Price Tag' and the Brit Award for 'CriticsSadly, the result here is a rushed album that sounds cheap throughout. 'Do It Like a Dude', 'Price Tag' and the Brit Award for 'Critics Choice' led many people to expect something great, but what they got was something rather different. Vocal showboating and pointless 'quirky' lyrics do not make for a great album. Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    I love this album. "Do it like a Dude" is one of the best songs of the year! Congratulations Jessie J, you have a piece of my heart. If youI love this album. "Do it like a Dude" is one of the best songs of the year! Congratulations Jessie J, you have a piece of my heart. If you (Jessie J) continue on this path will be the next to pop artists like Lady Gaga Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2015
    10
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