England’s Jessie Ware returns with soothing vocals and melodic rhythms on her latest album Tough Love. As the album title would suggest there is plenty of heartbreak felt throughout the album, but Ware’s interpretation of that pain is nothing short of beautiful. From her desperate cries on “Say You Love Me” backed by a choir-like sound, it is easy to get wrapped up in the emotion of her lyrics and become lost within personal thoughts.

Tough Love is a breath of fresh air when it comes to end of the road albums.

Music is supposed to inspire and move people and that is exactly what happens on this album. Ware’s ability to touch her listeners, mixed with the gracefulness of the album’s production, makes Tough Love easy listening from start to finish. While the title may suggest a breakup album, there are several moments of romance found within it. One of the best songs on the album, “Sweetest Song”, is really just Jessie pouring out her affection for the one she loves. The production and simplicity of the track are certainly worth more than just one listen so don’t be surprised if that song stays on repeat.

Tough Love is a breath of fresh air when it comes to end of the road albums. Unlike other records where the artist’s message is one of anger or hate, Ware delivers a sound that is very much true and relatable. Her vocals are undoubtedly on point in the song

“Champagne Kisses”, which is another highlight of the album that touches on her inability to let go of past feelings. Elements of jazz and soul can be felt all throughout the album – it’s easy to drift away with the music, swaying side-to-side or head bobbing. Ware hit all the right notes with this album and fans of her music should be pleased with the finished product.