Who You Are - Jessie J
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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.
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. 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. 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.
  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: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    10
    This album is all about the music & This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. I was going through a very very tough time when this was released, and this album got me back on my feet. Jessie J is amazing! I will always be a True Heartbeat Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    I love this album. Jessie J has a amazing voice. Surely did prove on this album that she can sing. Love the catchy beats and tunes. She sounds better than a lot of american R&B/pop singer. Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2012
    9
    The album is very experimental, which most people really won't like, so that explains the negative reviews most people have givven. But I appreciate the experimental sound on the album, and personally think it's a fantastic album.

    The album opens with 'Price Tag', one of the only popular songs on the album. Surprisingly, I've never been a huge fan of it. It's refreshing, yes. But it's a little bit repretative. We get it, it's not about the money. But the album quickly goes into a more R&B turn with the next two tracks 'Nobody's Perfect" and "Abracadabra". Both are fantastic songs, Nobody's Perfect being the superior. The feel slows down for the songs 'Big White Room' and 'Casualty of Love'. Big White Room gets the award for most feeling on the album. Her emotion in it is flawless. Casualty of Love is one of the most unique things I've heard. I like it's out there feeling.

    For the next three songs, the CD takes an R&B/Urban twist, starting with 'Rainbow'. Rainbow is really cool & catchy. It's certaianly not the best song on the album, but it's still pretty good. The next song, 'Who's Laughing Now' is argueably one of the best songs on the album, carrying not only the catchiest beat on the album, but some really empowering lyrics! 'Do It Like A Dude' has good intentions, trying to be a woman-empowerent song, but fails to achieve a positive message because of the language in it (Some certain 4 letter words...). It's a great urban track, but it failed to reach it's goal.

    'Mamma Knows Best' is the most unique song on the album, taking an obvious inspiration from Christina Aguilera's 'Back to Basics'. I respect that, for B2B is one of my favorite albums of all time. Mamma Knows Best sounds like it could have literally been written for that album. The jazz-tune is so cool & unique! I love it!

    'L.O.V.E' is a pop-R&B tune about none other than love. I like it, but it's certainly forgettable compared to other songs on the album. ''Stand Up' is like Price Tag done right. A regae-pop track with a positive message. I'm not sure what it's about, but Stand Up is certainly a positive song! It's really cool!

    The album nears the end of the standard edition with 'I Need This', and I personally think the album should have ended with I Need This. The pop-rock ballad's tune has such a great feel! Even if it is unpopular, I love it!

    The standard edition ends with the heartfelt ballad 'Who You Are'. It's a flawless song. The lyrics are deep and her vocals shine on it. The deluxe edition contininues though, taking on a more electric feel with 'Domino' and 'Laserlight'. Domino is the first deluxe song. It has been critisized for being 'exactly like a Katy Perry song'. While I see the resemblence, Katy wishes she could do something like Domino. Laserlight is the second deluxe track, sporting a very electric feel, and continues the trend off beautiful lyrics.

    The deluxe edition comes to a close with 'My Shadow', the best new song on Who You Are. It has a more R&B feel rather than electric, and it's simply marvelous.

    Despite negative/mixed reviews from critics and listeners, I think 'Who You Are' is a fantastic album by a very talented singer. Jessie is going places, and I'm interested to hear her second album, which is due out later this year or early next year. The key tracks on Who You Are are as follows: Nobody's Perfect, Big White Room, Who's Laughing Now, Do It Like A Dude, Mamma Knows Best, Stand Up, I Need This, Who You Are, Domino, and My Shadow. In the end, I reccomend this to anyone who appreciates music. You really have to appreciate music to enjoy it. Those who listen to whatever is big simply won't get the throwbacks to jazz and real urban music. Radio friendly? Err, no? Good? Yes. Who You Are is a collection of great R&B songs, heartfelt ballads, and lots of experimental things. I think it's a risk well done. I won't tell you to buy it, because most people don't appreciate music like I do, but give it a listen. Great album!
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  4. 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 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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  5. 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 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
  6. Mar 25, 2012
    4
    Jessie J has been one of the UK pop revelations during 2011. However "Who You Are" is not an album that justifies all the hype she has been getting. Jessie J has a great voice, but she misuses her talent sounding almost hysterical in some of the tracks. In addition, she relies on gimmicks in most of her songs ("Who You Are", "Who's Laughing Now") and she falls flat to give them her own twist. Like most of her pop contemporaries, she relies on Dr. Luke's productions to get obvious hits ("Price Tag", "Domino") and at least she achieves some notable pop songs with those works. There are some hidden gems in the album ("Do It Like a Dude") but it is not a strong debut. Hopefully she can step up her game. Highlights: Do It Like a Dude, Price Tag, Mamma Knows Best 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 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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