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ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Jessie Ware, ‘Tough Love’

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Talking to the Globe in early 2013, Jessie Ware let on that her debut album from the previous year was merely the essence of what she can do: “Weirdly, I’ve always been quite a big singer,” she said. Now it’s clear she wasn’t kidding. Where “Devotion” was an intoxicating introduction to the British singer, who brings a light touch to her skeletal take on R&B and soul, her sophomore album puts some meat on those bones. Ware is still among the silkiest singers working in pop, but on “Tough Love,” she brings her voice and songs to a boil. These radio-ready confections teem with smart hooks and fuller choruses. A thoroughly modern torch song, “Kind of. . . Sometimes. . . Maybe” is equal parts Sade and Julie London. “Want to feel burning flames/ When you say my name,” she pleads on “Say You Love Me,” spiking the last part of the lyric as if punching her fist in the studio. “Want to feel passion flow into my bones/ Like blood through my veins.” Damn. (Out Tuesday)

JAMES REED

ESSENTIAL “Kind of. . . Sometimes. . . Maybe”

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