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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the British singer-songwriter features production from Benji B, Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, Midland, Metronomy's Joseph Mount, and Matthew Tavares.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 2, 2020
    90
    Across the whole album, Ware’s voice fills each moment with incredibly lustful longing. It feels timeless more in its emotionality and drama than even in the sound itself, which stays firmly strapped to a bygone era. Her nostalgia feels like a proper tribute, mostly because it digs so deep to the core.
  2. Jun 25, 2020
    90
    It is a beautiful, enigmatic, joyous, sultry, utterly fabulous and insanely-inventive album that delivers above and beyond its expectations, quite a feat for a record conceived by one of the best British artists around at the moment.
  3. Jun 26, 2020
    90
    The new material didn't merely simmer.
  4. Jun 18, 2020
    80
    The superb What’s Your Pleasure? makes a case to reimagine so-called comfort zones as potential lanes of expertise: free pop’s women from the pointless commercial burden to reinvent, let them hone their craft, and you get assured marvels like this.
  5. Jun 26, 2020
    80
    What’s Your Pleasure has a sleek and sensual disco glamour replete with fantastic pop hooks, taking a spin around the dance floor worthy of Studio 54 in its glitterball glory days.
  6. Jun 25, 2020
    80
    What’s Your Pleasure? is an album that, just a few months ago, might have felt like a nostalgia trip or a guilty pleasure, but now feels like manna for the soul.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 18, 2020
    60
    While she could let her hair down a little more, this record finds plenty of sweet spots between melancholy and euphoria. [Summer 2020, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Jun 26, 2020
    10
    Stay in your lane, Dua. Go bang some more pots and pans, Charli. Get a one-way ticket to Vegas, Gaga... because a new Queen of Pop hasStay in your lane, Dua. Go bang some more pots and pans, Charli. Get a one-way ticket to Vegas, Gaga... because a new Queen of Pop has arrived.

    Noted Ed Sheeran apologist Jessie Ware (or, as I now refer to her as, Jesus Ware) has blessed us with her magnum opus: the album of the millennium, 'What's Your Pleasure?' - I really didn't think she had it in her after her last effort, 'Glasshouse,' was so sedate I couldn't even muster up the energy to be put to sleep by it. Alas, she decided enough was enough and gifted us with twelve sacred dance bops for the ages.

    Immediately upon starting the album, you have to ascend after hearing her God-given vocal talent... but there's more! What privilege it is to hear such exquisitely produced dance music in the year 2020, a year where some artists can't even write an actual chorus or avoid anemic "drops" even the most basic EDM producers would be ashamed to put their name to.

    It seems some reviewers are so flummoxed by what they've heard (or perhaps have been listening to too many *cough* Sines from Above that their judgment has been clouded) they have given it such a limp score as 3 stars... pay them no mind, because when you hear this holy grail of an album, you will—as she preaches on the sermon "Save a Kiss"—"keep on hitting rewind".

    'What's Your Pleasure?' you hear her ask. Desperately searching for your scalp that has been wiped clean off by this album, you plea: where's her GRAMMYs?
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  2. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. THIS ALBUM IS **** AMAZING!!! JESSIE IS DIVA!!! COME TO BRAZIL!!! AAAAAAAAA ✨ Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2020
    10
    Album of the year. What a queen. Every song is fantastic. She is so unique.
  4. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    Clearly her disco masterpiece. Every song is incredibly well-structured and beautifully arranged. The lyrics are powerful, sensual andClearly her disco masterpiece. Every song is incredibly well-structured and beautifully arranged. The lyrics are powerful, sensual and cohesive. An instant classic, I’ll be listening to this for many years Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2020
    10
    A luxury, smooth, perfectly soft disco album. Ware’s sophomore work until date.
  6. Jun 26, 2020
    10
    My favorite album of the year so far. I am really glad she came back better than before.
  7. Jun 30, 2020
    0
    82 ? Really? Jessie Ware's new album only has one good song, the rest is mediocre.

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