Jessie J – ‘Alive’: Album Review
Stomp Stomp it’s arrived.
Jessie J’s debut second-studio album Alive has finally hit shelves and it’s certainly music to our ears.
The singer has let go of her Who You Are era and welcomed a brand new stripped back version of herself on her Alive LP. The seventeen-track album has failed to disappoint what with its fun-packed hits, emotional ballads and urban anthems. Jessie genre-hops on this debut making it more accessible, listenable and mature than her first album.
After listening to Wild and It’s My Party, there was no surprise when we heard Sexy Lady. The number is fun-loving and gleeful and offers the same tone as Jessie’s previous number-one hit- Domino. If this is the singer’s next single, we won’t be surprised, its definitely chart-worthy. The track comes after Thunder and Square One which are without a doubt two of the favorited songs on the album. Both slow medleys possess Jessie’s outstanding vocals and present the star’s vulnerable side.
Then comes Daydreamin which encompasses an old-school vibe and sounds a lot like a Mariah or Whitney 80′s classic. The piece of pop adds life and color to the album while Alive and Gold echo togetherness – you can imagine a crowd of Heartbeats swaying along. All three are highlights of the record.
Alive wouldn’t have been a typical Jessie J album if it didn’t feature a tune like Do It Like A Dude. Excuse My Rude with its dubstep rhythm is undoubtedly the bad-girl song with attitude on the LP. Featuring rapper Becky G, the single has already gained popularity amongst fans. I Miss Her acts as the opposing track to Jessie’s uptempo lively songs. Exposing the vocalist’s sentimental side and handing over raw emotion, this ballad is just as powerful as Who You Are. We even hear Jessie breaking down at some point. It makes us miss someone we don’t even know -it’s that heart-wrenching!
Jessie J was lucky enough to collaborate with Brandy on Conquer The World. The R&B hit is destined for popularity for featuring both Jessie’s and Brandy’s smooth vocals. It’s the ear-soother of the album. On the other hand, Unite serves as the dance-hit and may just be the Laserlight of the record.
Magnetic and Hero are great contributions to the Deluxe version of Alive and bring about Jessie’s ability to be flexible with genres. Hero reminds us of a Christina Aguilera classic while Magnetic is similar to the urban-like - Excuse My Rude. Harder We Fall and Breathe signal cliched floating hearts and flowers however are still tracks to remember off of Alive.
The songstress can be praised for adding a touch of attitude as well as sensitivity to the collection of tracks. Jessie J mesmerizes many with her undeniable talent for singing. Her powerful range soars over the many rhythms leaving fans in awe of her gift. Its diverse and cohesive mix of songs showcase Jessie’s realness and passion. Alive is a dose of fun and heartfelt music which help promise its destination at the top of the album charts. Jessie is pop royalty.
Listen to: 'Magnetic', 'Conquer The World' & 'Thunder'
Listen because: 'Alive' is fun, has attitude, and its incredibly diverse
Similar to: Pink, Katy Perry, Emeli Sande
Buy 'Alive' on Amazon