Jessie Ware - Devotion
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2012 Ratings: #34 / 1029
Year End Rank: #11
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Based on 256 ratings
2012 Ratings: #69
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August 20, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NOW Magazine

Her debut is a sonic amalgam of dusky 80s R&B and pristine 90s Brit soul. It's lush, sophisticated pastiche.

90
PopMatters

In an industry of singers defined by the music behind them, Jessie Ware can only be defined as the best voice of 2012.

86
Paste

Devotion is not composed of club bangers, but subtle, textural and groove-focused beats. They provide enough to keep the album fresh and forward-thinking, but never really remove the focus from Ware’s voice, words and melodies.

85
Pitchfork

Devotion ... marries her natural gift with throbbing instrumentation that breathes life into every single turn of phrase or sensitive vocal embellishment.

83
Beats Per Minute

Ware might still be feeling out her surroundings, but considering the results, getting to see that evolution take place is an exciting and exceedingly worthwhile prospect

83
A.V. Club

there’s a youthful, warm energy emanating from Ware’s vocals that enervates Devotion, making it more than a mere exercise in restrained, sophisticated sexiness. 

80
Drowned in Sound

She captures the emotion, without the shmaltz and in doing so, she neatly elevates her work above that of countless other mainstream pop singers.

80
NME

Like all the great British pop records of the past five years, ‘Devotion’ combines the present and the past to make a record that sounds both contemporary and timeless.

80
musicOMH

Any quibbles are minor here though, for Devotion is a truly impressive debut album from yet another talented British singer.

80
FACT Magazine

Despite the occasional tendency to soar above when her songs could benefit from some earthiness, in the main Ware’s sheer, confident boldness carries the day.

80
Consequence of Sound

Ware has the pipes to come out on top of a TV singing competition, but it’s her control, style, and musical choices that make Devotion so interesting.

75
The 405

Devotion is a forward-looking, soulful pop record. A definite classic pop star in the making.

70
No Ripcord

Devotion isn’t what you’d necessarily expect from Jessie Ware, it’s not what you’d expect from pop music and it’s not really anything you’d expect from anyone in 2012.

Mimikyu
89
Just so I remain active on this site and to control the mental swirling in my head caused by quarantine, I just might endeavor a dive into Jessie Ware's discography and just other reviews in general. I think this album is a good start.

My personal opinion of Ware is that she is one of the most underrated pop artists of the 2010s, which is strange because I thought that she would have been a bigger presence throughout the decade after the release of her debut "Devotion". Ware ... read more
lucasfalmeida
82
This album is more Sophisti-Pop than anything else, i liked a lot.
MagnetoJenkins
80
This is very much a 2012 thing.
This type of music has kinda aged, but I'm giving her a pass. It hits the aesthetic she was shooting for. A couple uninspired tracks here and there, but never a dull moment.
El_Bark
60
Crazy because I like each song but around the 2 minute mark on each track it gets repetitive, she's really grown since this
GaranHollow
83
Production: 8.5
Atmosphere: 8
Compose: 8
Vocals: 8
Lyrics&Themes: 8
Tracks Average: 16.6 /20
Preference: 26 /30

Total: 83.1

Certified Queen. Nonstop synth bass and heavy harmonies make me feel like in hallucination. Funk and soul elements are bringing more ancient flavor to it.

Favs: No to Love / Still Love Me ... read more
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Track List

  1. Devotion 
  2. Wildest Moments 
  3. Running 
  4. Still Love Me 
  5. No to Love 
  6. Night Light 
  7. Swan Song 
  8. Sweet Talk 
  9. 110% 
  10. Taking in Water 
  11. Something Inside
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Added on: June 19, 2012