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  • Summary: The Essex-born pop singer, Jessie "J" Cornish, makes her debut and has already created a buzz as the the recent Brit's "Critics Choice" winner.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    This was her most ICONIC album, the singles were perfection, and a great debut for her. Who knows if she can ever top this? Her voice reallyThis was her most ICONIC album, the singles were perfection, and a great debut for her. Who knows if she can ever top this? Her voice really speaks on this album, and it had six top 10s in the UK. It's a shame it didn't have much attention in the US. Expand
  2. May 16, 2016
    10
    This album is unique. "Who You Are" is an excellent debut album due to the mixing of emotions in the songs and the connection between itself.This album is unique. "Who You Are" is an excellent debut album due to the mixing of emotions in the songs and the connection between itself. Jessie's voice is incredible and some instrumentals sounds raw, like Nobody's Perfect, a thing that's great in my opinion because it makes the album sound different from any pop record released that time. Expand
  3. 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 Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2014
    8
    "Who You Are" is one of the best Pop album from 2011! Jessie J voice is so great and her lyrics are amazing!! I cannot explain how I felt"Who You Are" is one of the best Pop album from 2011! Jessie J voice is so great and her lyrics are amazing!! I cannot explain how I felt while I was listening this one... This album is biggest than her others albums, that's all! Expand
  5. May 30, 2011
    7
    This album covers, slow to up beat and rapping music. All the while you are left with the feeling that this young British artist has spent aThis album covers, slow to up beat and rapping music. All the while you are left with the feeling that this young British artist has spent a long time thinking these songs through and has come up with some very touching and thought-provoking songs. I loved Jessie J from the moment i heard 'Do it like a dude' and straight away went out and bought her album to be thrilled, yet again, with the contents of her songs.
    Anyone who enjoys young British artists, will definitely enjoy this album.
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  6. Jul 28, 2012
    6
    Individual track reviews: Price Tag is kinda catchy but its just too familiar and mediocre to get anything out of. Not to mention that theIndividual track reviews: Price Tag is kinda catchy but its just too familiar and mediocre to get anything out of. Not to mention that the message is questionable. I dont like that this is her biggest hit. 5/10. Nobodys Perfect is more personal & while the lyrics can be a little too straightforward at times, in this case its a sign of sincerity, and the big instrumentation matches it perfectly. 8/10. Abracadabra shows a bit more label influence and Im surprised it wasnt a single. The overproduction is a bit distracting & the magic metaphors feel forced & recycled but I guess its decent enough. 6/10. Big White Room is refreshingly stripped down & genuine, with just her & an acoustic guitar while she delivers some very passionate vocals & lyrics. Definitely a highlight of the album. However I dont think it shouldve been a live version, and the stuttering on the going crazy part take away from the mood. I wouldve preferred a studio version, since the applause can get distracting. Still its impressive. 7/10. Casualty of Love is the first taste we get of Jessie as a R&B singer and it works well for her. The instrumentation is smooth & her powerful delivery & love-centric lyrics fit it very well. R&B/soul isnt my style but for what it is I can appreciate it. 7/10. Rainbows overly electronic & noisy beat is a bit annoying & Jessies random squeaks take away from the good lyrics about unity & growing up in hard times. However, this is only a problem in the verses and the chorus is the best part of the song. 7/10. Whos Laughing Now is probably the closest shes done to a screw-you-to-haters song, and Im glad she actually managed to tackle that concept well, which is more than what I can say about a lot of modern pop &/or rap artists. Rather than being about h8rz being jealous of her fame & money, she talks about all the people in her past that doubted her musical dreams & ambitions, and as a result its very believable and easy to go with lyrically. Again, the music couldve used less electronics but it still works as a whole. Might be my favorite song on the album. 8/10. Do It Like a Dude represents everything thats wrong with this album. Overproduced, trying way too hard to copy other pop stars, mainly Nicki Minaj, & the vocals, lyrics & beat (notice I didnt say instrumentation this time) are annoying. I just know that Jessies gonna regret this song later in her career. 2/10. Mamma Knows Best is the most straightforward soul track on this album, and by far the most bluesy. Also Im pretty sure its the only track here to feature a full horn section. The whole track is just so overwhelmingly confident in the best way possible. 8/10. L.O.V.E. is a nice change of pace into something more familiar after spending so many tracks in such a strong area one way or the other. Its just an earnest uplifting singer-songwriter pop love song that gets the job done. My one gripe is that the brief spoken part in the middle is really unnecessary and comes off as obnoxious. 7/10. Stand Up is a good song in the vocal & lyric departments but the instrumentation is a little too empty to fit the big multi-tracked vocals & slightly clumsy inspirational message, and as a result it doesnt really get any emotion out of me like its trying to do. It has potential but I dont think this was given the right treatment. The strings are a nice touch but with not much else in there it just doesnt work very well. 6/10. I Need This is a pop-rock power ballad about self-reflection that can sound a little bloated in the production area but sounds sincere nonetheless. But despite the well-done rock instrumentation and emotional vocals, the vocal melodies be a bit awkward & forced. Decent but not a highlight. 6/10. The last track on the standard edition, the title track Who You Are, is a fantastic closer about being yourself. Normally this would be a cookie-cutter theme youd roll your eyes at but Jessie uses real life experiences & insight, as well as some very passionate vocals, to make this a very believable, emotional and original take on a topic that lately pop stars have been laughably driving into the ground. 8/10. The first bonus track Domino is probably my favorite out of the straightforward pop songs here, the others being Price Tag, Do It & Abracadabra. While this track doesnt really amaze me and the lyrics arent exactly the deepest here, its easy to see that its just meant to be a fun harmless dance-pop song, and the lyrics dont usually sound cliche. 6/10. My Shadow is a well-made love song about the dependency of someone youre in a relationship with, and I cant say much about it that I havent already said with the other songs here. 7/10. And finally, LaserLight feat. David Guetta literally sounds like every other David Guetta song ever. Its just a blatant throwaway club-pop song. 4/10. In conclusion this album shows a lot of potential/talent but I really hope the next album is better. Album rating: 64/100. Expand
  7. May 13, 2011
    0
    Just awful. This girl, who seems nice and fairly talented, should be ashamed of selling herself so cheaply to every whim and demand of popJust awful. This girl, who seems nice and fairly talented, should be ashamed of selling herself so cheaply to every whim and demand of pop culture and record labels. It's a sad thing to see. It would not have been a groundbreaking record but could have been a nice guilty pleasure. Now it's just watered down p*iss. Expand

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