Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 10

jessie ware

10. Jessie Ware – DEVOTION

In other eras, some would categorize this Londoner’s sound as quiet storm, alternative R&B or trip-hop. In 2012, she doesn’t neatly fit in to any of those subgenres, which is why she remains a critical favorite (like Adele was a few years ago). Her unique, clarion tone reminds me of what Stephin Merritt once said about Sarah Cracknell: “She makes the instruments sound as if they were wrapped around her voice, rather than against her voice.” This is merely a promising debut, but when she hits one out of the park, as on the stirring, Sade-meets-Massive Attack anthem “Wildest Moments”, you fully sense her rare potential.

Favorite tracks: “Wildest Moments”, “Taking In Water”, “Running”

Video for “Wildest Moments”:

4 Responses to Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 10

  1. Howard says:

    Was wondering when you were going to start your list. Looking forward to the rest.

    • ckriofske says:

      If all goes well, there will be posts every day through the 21st, then some follow-up stuff before the end of the year. I had so much trouble whittling my list down to ten this year, but I know I don’t have it in me to do a top 20 😉

  2. Howard says:

    Wow, this song is gorgeous.

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