Imagine It Was Us

What a week. To keep things fizzy and light, I wanted to post “Live Like Legends”, one of two new songs from Emm Gryner’s Best of album released late last year. In the uptempo spirit of her previous (and best) album Northern Gospel, it’s one of her most jubilant, ecstatic songs ever. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything more than a sound clip online. As an alternative, here’s a new song from Jessie Ware. Her debut album Devotion cracked my top ten list last year; this week, it finally received a stateside release with this song as an added bonus track. “Imagine It Was Us” exposes the disco diva previously hidden within Ware’s moody, Sade-influenced dreamy splendor; I can’t wait to hear what she does next.

Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 10

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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”: