Review: “Adore You” — Jessie Ware

Much like last year’s “Overtime,” “Adore You” is a return to Jessie Ware’s house roots. Although the latter is a much more minimalist track than the former, that’s hardly a bad thing; with a shuffling drum pattern and light, fizzy synths, the singer’s voice and lyrics are the focal point of the song. A confident piece to hold listeners over until she’s ready to put out a full body of work, it’s a confident peak into the spotlight for Ware, a soon-to-be mother of two.

In her typical subdued delivery, Ware opens with the assured lyric “I’ve never been so sure” before imploring her partner to tell the world just how into them she is. The chorus consists mainly of the title being repeated over a lovely dance of electronics in exquisite house fashion, declaring that “you belong to me” — which could be addressed to the listener just as easily as it could be to a lover. Lacking a second verse, cascading sounds allow “Adore You” to fade out in its own time, and yet we’re still left hoping for more. It’s a celebration of pure love, and just like the best loved-up tracks, feels just like a hug from that special someone that we never want to be released from.

Rating: 4.5/5

A music business student with a passion for writing about music almost as intense as his desire to curate it.

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