“You think I’m lazy,” Jess Glynne sings on her new album, in a song about a break-up. The accusation is incorrect. The Londoner is an energetic, voluble singer, owner of a big voice that turns words into shimmering vibrato epics, belted out with gusto. Not for nothing is running a recurring metaphor in her lyrics.
Always in Between is her second album. It finds her installed as the British female singer with the most UK number one singles: she has notched up eight, either as a solo performer or as a featured act. She is capable of creative laziness — “All I Am” is formulaic chart-pop at its most forgettable — but the lapse is untypical. Mostly the songs are solidly constructed and heartily performed.
“123” provides a lithe brassy setting for her voice, a crisply produced contemporary take on classic R&B. “Broken” is a standard tear-jerker; the soulful “Hate/Love” shows a more nuanced approach to ballads. The range of styles is less messy than her debut album, 2015’s I Cry When I Laugh. As commercial juggernauts go, Always in Between rolls along effectively.
‘Always in Between’ is released by Atlantic
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