Jessie Ware: That! Feels Good! review – 21st-century disco packed with personality
In the wave of glitterball-dazzled pop-dance albums that sparkled a little light into 2020’s gloom, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia was the world-beating monster smash – No 1 in 15 countries, 10bn streams and counting on Spotify.
Confident and self-assured, it didn’t sound like a last roll of the dice from an artist at the end of their tether, although that’s precisely what it was.
Both are noticeably brighter-toned and more direct than anything its predecessor offered.
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after newsletter promotion Moreover, it’s pop music made by people who have both great taste and the good sense to wear their inspirations lightly.
The title track suggests someone has been listening to Remain in Light by Talking Heads, hence the clattering,
hyperactive percussion and the brass (from London Afrobeat band Kokoroko) evocative of Jon Hassell’s playing on Houses in Motion