Missing some soul and pop in your life? Most people, me included, know Jess Glynne as the singer on Clean Bandits’ “Rather be” and “Real Love.” Always in Between is an upbeat pop album that combines the old soulful tunes with new sounds. It gives me vibes of Amy Winehouse and Andy Grammer. A mix of jazzy, soul city sounds that make you feel like you can take on the world.
Five Favorite Songs:
I get Adele vibes in this song. Glynne sings with so much soul it feels like I’m in a 1980’s bar listening to an undiscovered superstar. The verse makes you want to square dance because it sounds like a country western. The chorus then switches to pop and makes you feel like you’re in a club. The lyrics are her talking to herself about a common saying “you’re no one until you’re somebody to someone.” She feels as if she’s failed someone and blames herself for it.
My personal favorite off this album. A song talking about insecurities and confidence. It’s a soothing ballad. She won’t wear makeup on Thursdays because she wants to embrace all her insecurities. “Sometimes I’m shy and I’m anxious, Sometimes I’m down on my knees, Sometimes I try to embrace all my insecurities, So I won’t wear makeup on Thursday, Cause who I am is enough.” The chorus is positive and encouraging for all people to hear. “I wanna laugh, I wanna cry, Don’t want these tears inside my eyes, yeah, Don’t wanna wake up and feel insecure, I wanna sing, I wanna dance, I wanna feel love inside my hands again
I just wanna feel beautiful.” Such an empowering song to listen to.
All I Am:
A song about two lovers becoming one. This song has upbeat EDM drums, but a soulful piano. It’s definitely a dance vibe. The chorus is very reminiscent of early 2000s pop-rock because of the mix of piano and EDM.
The jazziest song on the album. A positive song about two people trying to get together. The horns blasting in the background makes it feel like you got the world on your side as you take on your challenges. The pop hook is just so catchy too. “1, 2, 3, add it up, You plus me, that’s enough, Put it all down on a good thing. Don’t you wanna know what you’re missing?” This makes me feel like I’m in the 90s in New York City having the time of my life.
These Days( Rudimental, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen):
A jazzy ballad for past relationships. Caplen sings about the ups and downs both of them had. Glynne sings hopes that these former lovers can come together and laugh about all the good times they had with each other. Macklemore talks about the two separate paths the lovers took. He himself travels the world but the lover settled down in Austin.
A refreshing taste of music in an oversaturated market. I love this album because you can identify all the instruments in each song. It takes us both backward in time and remains modern and pleasing to our ear. Each song has a positive message and empowers us to push through the struggles we are facing.