Tough Love

Jessie Ware - Tough Love
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #358 / 856
Year End Rank: #28
User Score
Based on 155 ratings
2014 Ratings: #141
October 13, 2014 / Release Date
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R&B, Pop Soul / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

Tough Love may hang its weight on an intimacy that was missing in parts from her debut, but it’s actually the elements around her vocals and lyrics that delivers the album’s biggest punch.


For the most part, it is an assured collection of songs that exudes the confidence of an artist at the peak of her powers.

Drowned in Sound

It’s to Ware’s credit, then, that she’s tried to build upon Devotion in creative fashion with this second LP; most striking is the way in which she tries to bring the subtle sensuality of that last album to the fore as much as possible this time. 


It’s this confidence that really shines throughout the album. Ware’s vocals are at the forefront, no longer hidden amongst a cloud of heavy electronics. 

The 405

Captivating and deeply personal at times, but not overbearingly so, Tough Love is sure to be a chart success and yet another album to add to the pile of superb female-led pop records to come out this year.

I registered in order to make the case for "Tough Love," which has surfaced as one of the most critically snubbed- not even panned- albums of the year thus far.

I don't review this in order to recount which tracks were my favorites, although to share my bias most of them are. I do put my opinion out to confront the most pervasive critique of "Tough Love," which is that Ware takes the carrot and goes mainstream, which many imagine somehow renders her a mediocre ... read more
Well-crafted and unique, if the only knock is that it's slightly forgettable.
The singer/songwriter Jessie Ware comes back with an upgraded work that displays soothing vocals and smooth instrumentals. The performances are pretty consistent, even though there are some forgettable cuts around. Also, the tracklisting stretches the experience out too much. There are some really charming, catchy tunes, even so.
An album with soul and depth emotionally. Musically the album as a whole blended together for me though.

Favourite tracks: Tough Love and Sweetest Song
Slightly less engaging than Devotion but charming all the same.
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Added on: August 4, 2014