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Jessie Ware takes a less-is-more approach to R&B

The first thing you’re likely to notice about British singer Jessie Ware’s debut record is what’s missing from it. “Devotion,” released last year to critical acclaim that quietly rippled among fans in this country, is one of the more subtle contemporary R&B records in recent memory.

Its focus is so soft, it’s nearly vaporous, never pushing too hard, but just enough to lull you into some serious late-night seduction. You get the impression that Ware sings only as much as she needs to, letting her luxuriant timbre and sensuality tell most of the story.

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