REVIEW: Jessie J. releases new album

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The famous British pop star has been singing since 2005. Her latest album is called ‘Sweet Talker’ and was released Oct.13.
"Sweet Talker" ranked 5 on UK chart

By Dakota Palmer
Staff Writer/Spectator

English pop singer Jessie J, arguably best known for her current hit song with Ariana Grade and Nicki Minaj “Bang Bang,” released her third studio album on Oct. 13. Her album, titled “Sweet Talker”, ranked number five on the United Kingdom’s music chart for the Official Charts Company. Also on this album, Jessie J teams up with popular musicians such as 2 Chainz, De La Soul and Lindsey Stirling.

Jessie J signed with Gut Records in 2005, and released her first album, “Who You Are,” in 2011. One of her more popular songs, “Price Tag” was on this album and was ranked as number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. She is the first female singer from the United Kingdom to have six top-ten singles from the same album. She released her second album in 2013. Additionally, Jessie J has written lyrics for popular artists like Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown.

Her newest album has a wide variety of sounds and emotions, making it very enjoyable. About half of the album contains fast paced, upbeat jams, while the other half is more emotional, slow, and even inspirational. The first song, “Ain’t Been Done” really sets the tone for the album. Jessie J’s songs have a combination of singing rap and full on singing, which make her songs fun and catchy.

This song is a great track to put first on the album; it leaves high expectations for the remainder, but Jessie J certainly comes through.

The second song, “Burnin’ Up” features 2 Chainz, and has a good amount of soul and rhythm. Jessie J’s vocals are incredible and this song absolutely flaunts them. However, 2 Chainz’s part lacks some talent, as the rapper tried to rhyme “corridor” and “Oreo.” 

Finally, one of the final songs, “Loud” is slower than the previously mentioned songs, but it is still very powerful.

Lindsey Stirling, violinist, makes an appearance on this song, and her violin playing with the powerful words leads to a strong combination. “Loud” is a good song to listen to if one is upset or having a bad day; it is all about not getting upset about what other people think. The song includes meaningful lyrics such as, “The world is so loud/I tried to drown them all out in my sound/But they won’t stop, stop until they tear you down/ Until they tear me down.”

At the end of the day, Jessie J should not let anyone get her down because she has everything going for her right now. Her fantastic voice and meaningful lyrics give hope to the pop music of today. The British singer is quite underrated at this point, but hopefully “Sweet Talker” will expose more and more people to her great music.

Dakota Palmer is the staff writer for The Spectator. She can be reached by ae.spectator@gmail.com