Glasshouse

Jessie Ware - Glasshouse
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #542 / 719
User Score
Based on 133 ratings
2017 Ratings: #303
October 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
PMR, Island, Friends Keep Secrets, Interscope / Label
Pop Soul, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

She could’ve been forgiven for taking her time with this third record, but 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.

83
A.V. Club
Ware walks the tightwire, and the result is as thrilling, in its own quiet way, as anything she’s produced.
80
The 405
This album feels reflective of Jessie’s present, a person balancing beautifully between artist, mother and lover.
80
Pitchfork

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.

80
God Is in the TV
She radiates the beauty in her life through these warm songs. It’s easy to spend time getting to know these songs, and getting to know her as a person, too.
75
Northern Transmissions
After three years away, Jessie Ware’s third album shows a performer that knows how to get her emotion across on a microphone.
75
Under The Radar
This is one for the moms, and that's not an insult. Jessie Ware should be every Adele fan's new favorite artist, and that's not an insult either. In fact, it's a blessing that such pure, no-frills, sentimental pop should come from someone with the indie clout Ware still carries around.
70
AllMusic

Jessie Ware's third album is packed with finely woven adult-pop ballads about lust, longing, commitment, and reassurance -- all traits shared with Devotion and Tough Love -- but it couldn't have been made at any other point in the artist's life.

70
Slant Magazine

With affectionate stability at home, perhaps she'll be emboldened to take greater risks as an artist, marking the polished, pleasurable Glasshouse not as a culminating point, but the start of a bold, new direction. For the singer-songwriter, contentment need not equal complacency.

60
The Guardian

On Glasshouse, she manages to harness her rarely seen diva mode in among the pared-back hallmarks, but the result is a mixed one.

60
Clash
Jessie Ware’s third album ‘Glasshouse’ promised to break the glass ceiling, but instead finds the singer treading lukewarm water.
58
Consequence of Sound

Glasshouse has more focus and consistency than Tough Love, but few moments herein match her earlier heights.

40
DIY
‘Glasshouse’ isn’t exactly groundbreaking. It could also do with being about half its mighty 17-track length.
lemuriams
84
TOP TRACKS - YOUR DOMINO, ALONE, Finish What We Started.

I dont understand a low rating from users...
80
Side A is a stylistic mish-mash, something works great (Midnight), something is good (Your Domino), something is okay (Alone & Selfish Love are obvious single choices, however they are wearing off pretty soon).
However, interesting stuff begins on side B. First Time / Hearts / Slow Me Down / Finish What We Started / Last Of The True Believers is the best sequence of songs she has on an album so far, every single one is a jam. There’s also a certain story-like quality to them. ... read more
suleika
65
Her third album is not her strongest. The songs are all too similar.
Best songs: Your Domino, Selfish Love, Midnight
Tsareena
80
Not as good as her previous efforts. The production on this is not as exciting but the lyricism and openness on this is refreshing
Faves: Your Domino, First Time, Hearts
tha138
60
Jessie Ware hurried up to enter the glasshouse right before giving birth to her daughter, having not the necessary time to connect the songs properly, she released them under the spanish sky.
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MISC LISTS

#13/PopMatters (Pop)

Track List

  1. Midnight
  2. Thinking About You
  3. Stay Awake, Wait For Me
  4. Your Domino
  5. Alone
  6. Selfish Love
  7. First Time
  8. Hearts
  9. Slow Me Down
  10. Finish What We Started
  11. Last of the True Believers (feat. Paul Buchanan)
  12. Sam
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