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: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. 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
  2. Apr 20, 2013
    10
    Brilliant album, Jessie J has a fantastic voice, i loved it. The songs were amazing to very good, Who you are and Nobody's perfect are greatBrilliant album, Jessie J has a fantastic voice, i loved it. The songs were amazing to very good, Who you are and Nobody's perfect are great songs and i really enjoyed all the other songs. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jan 16, 2013
    8
    Nice debut album from UK's Jessie J with a great selection of Pop tracks. The lead single wasn't the best perhaps but what followed were someNice debut album from UK's Jessie J with a great selection of Pop tracks. The lead single wasn't the best perhaps but what followed were some great songs like Price Tag. The album tracks are also pretty impressive. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Nov 29, 2012
    6
    Jessie J's vocal ability blows all modern artists out of the water. I am disappointed by her song choices for her album. Her attractive,Jessie J's vocal ability blows all modern artists out of the water. I am disappointed by her song choices for her album. Her attractive, bubbly and talented personality primarily brought me to her music, and when I heard her vocal ability I was left wanting more, but the album does fall short. There are moments of amazement like Big White Room, which is so simple, yes less is more and the listeners (and followers of her) envision young Jessie in hospital with a her world seemingly black and white. However, you have moments of "what were you thinking Jessie?" when you hear "I gotta have ya" rhymed with "like abracadabra" and you wonder how long it took her to write such lyrics. To be very frank, her album is slightly disappointing but I can't help but listen and admire her vocal gymnastics and tricks. Being biased here, I do understand her aim with this album, it does pain me that some of the songs were recorded 4 years ago prior to its inclusion on her debut album because the growth of her vocal ability from then is incredible. I do urge you to listen to 'Who You Are' sang live because that song particularly shows her vocal growth and when I heard it in the album, it was slightly too sharp for the ear. I recommend you do give it a listen but not for the lyrics and the instrumentation but for her personality and vocal ability. I do hope that with her next album it is not too commercially pop, although it has worked in her favour with hits like Price Tag, Dominoes and Lazerlight (all three which I despise). Favourite Song: Mamma Knows Best Most Played: Big White Room Best instrumentation: Mamma Knows Best Most endearing: Who you are 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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