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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Paul Buchanan and contributions from such artists as Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Francis and the Lights, Julia Michaels, Ed Sheeran, Starsmith, Ryan Tedder, and Two Inch Punch.
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Alone
Oh oh oh oooh, oh oh oh oooh Take the weight off my shoulders See, I won't make the same mistakes when we're older 'Cause with every step you take... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 85
    When you hear it, you can tell that these songs were bursting to get out of Ware; that she’s delivered them with such nuance and intelligence lends considerable credence to the idea that her more devoted followers have proposed ever since Devotion. She is, by a distance, Britain’s most underrated pop star.
  2. Oct 20, 2017
    83
    While all of this could feel a bit scattershot in lesser hands, there’s a writerly clarity to her compositions that ties them all together into a cohesive statement of marital and maternal devotion.
  3. Oct 23, 2017
    80
    Each song on Glasshouse has its own distinct aesthetic; unlike her previous albums, 2012’s Devotion and 2014’s Tough Love, there are no songs here that could be confused for each other, none that seem an afterthought carved from the greater mood of the album.
  4. Nov 3, 2017
    70
    Though Ware co-wrote all the songs and is in full command from start to finish, the album has a stitched-together quality that starts to slowly unravel during the second half.
  5. Oct 26, 2017
    60
    An album that suffers from feeling just too assured.
  6. Oct 23, 2017
    60
    Tracks such as Hearts, the gently pulsating Your Domino and Last of the True Believers (featuring the Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan) all perfectly showcase Ware’s crystalline vocals--you just wish she’d step out of her comfort zone more often.
  7. Oct 20, 2017
    40
    Glasshouse isn’t exactly groundbreaking. It could also do with being about half its mighty 17-track length.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    Every artist tries to evolve and discover themselves in music, changing their styles, maturing and adapting their influences according to whatEvery artist tries to evolve and discover themselves in music, changing their styles, maturing and adapting their influences according to what they are experiencing in life at the moment.

    You all should see it as an evolution: for many ones Devotion (1st album, "Jessie's birth in music") will always be the bestest, as others will prefer Tough Love (2nd album, "teenager venturing") or then new listeners will come directly for Glasshouse (3rd album, "adulthood").

    It's all about growing as an artist and finding your own style or just experiment. MUCH PEACE & LOVE! ♥
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  2. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    When you hear it, you can tell that these songs were bursting to get out of Ware; that she’s delivered them with such nuance and intelligenceWhen you hear it, you can tell that these songs were bursting to get out of Ware; that she’s delivered them with such nuance and intelligence lends considerable credence to the idea that her more devoted followers have proposed ever since Devotion. She is, by a distance, Britain’s most underrated pop star. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    While all of this could feel a bit scattershot in lesser hands, there’s a writerly clarity to her compositions that ties them all togetherWhile all of this could feel a bit scattershot in lesser hands, there’s a writerly clarity to her compositions that ties them all together into a cohesive statement of marital and maternal devotion. Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2017
    9
    She has perfected the style this time. The whisper-like singing, high tones that aren’t deafening and actually comforting, and the harmonyShe has perfected the style this time. The whisper-like singing, high tones that aren’t deafening and actually comforting, and the harmony that is easy to digest and would want for more—Glasshouse is a huge improvement on her music. Sureness is delineated; whether she’s wanting someone or afraid of something. She clearly identifies her emotions and what had caused it. Glasshouse is Jessie Ware’s best record so far. Her amour propre is what she had since, and it glamourized on this intimate record along with its relaxed mood that can only be described with a one simple word: beautiful. Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2017
    8
    A decline when compared to Devotion and Tough Love but the end result is still very enjoyable. There's a great variety in the productionA decline when compared to Devotion and Tough Love but the end result is still very enjoyable. There's a great variety in the production though some of the tracks feel more like Sam Smith or Ed Sheeran than a Jessie Ware track. Hearts, Midnight and Love to Love are my highlights on this. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2017
    7
    The attempt to connect with a younger, more susceptible audience by using trite melodic conventions did no help to create any truly graspingThe attempt to connect with a younger, more susceptible audience by using trite melodic conventions did no help to create any truly grasping songs, but Jessie Ware had more motivation than that and created a basic calm atmosphere where everything could be congenial and well received, only lacking any skeletal substance to make it more than an adequate listen. My Score: 120/180 (Good) = 6.7/10 Expand