New Review // Jessie J – Who You Are
Eyebrows were raised and re-raised in January when Essex singer-songwriter Jessie J landed the top spot on BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll. While the poll is more an educated guess than a sound bet – previous winners included such underwhelming talents as The Bravery and Mika – it was still unusual that it should be led by a young singer who’d only released her first single two months earlier.
More to the point, the two tracks that had been released for public consumption – ‘Do it Like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’ – were little more than solid, by-the-numbers radio pop tracks with little to separate them from better-established, recognisable American acts. Even so, they sounded distinctly undercooked. The sunshine reggae-funk of ‘Price Tag’ is best heard without the preachy “we just wanna make the world dance / forget about the price tag” chorus, while the stereotypical “dude” described in ‘Do it Like a Dude’ sounds bizarrely like Michael Jackson (“grab my crotch, wear my hat low like that”).
Read the full review at State.ie.