Tough Love [Deluxe Edition]

Tough Love [Deluxe Edition]

by Jessie Ware

CD(Special Edition)

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None of the singles from Devotion, Jessie Ware's debut, cracked the U.K. Top 40, but the album peaked at number five and was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize. Nominations for several MOBO and BRIT awards further substantiated the singer and songwriter's breakout status. By the time follow-up Tough Love was released in 2014, the album had already placed two singles in the Top 40. Both were produced by BenZel, the teenaged duo of Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe. Lead single "Tough Love" wasn't far from the singer and songwriter's previous ballads, sumptuous with some aching falsetto lines, as well as drum sounds filched from "Little Red Corvette" as effectively as anything produced by the-Dream and Los da Mystro. "Say You Love Me," the second one, was her biggest hit at that point, written with Ed Sheeran. The album has the same high level of sophistication as Devotion. Somewhat surprisingly, Dave Okumu, who played a major role in Devotion, has a hand in only two songs, both of which function as high-quality album tracks that are more about mood than anything else. "Sweetest Song," delicate like meringue with sighing synthesizers and light guitar prickles, pleases much more than the other. There are three additional BenZel collaborations. Surprisingly, the one not written with Miguel, "Champagne Kisses," is the best of the bunch. Ware continues to express a multitude of emotions with superb elegance. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537983339
catalogNumber: 002196102
Rank: 97217

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessie Ware   Primary Artist,Vocals
Glenn Fischbach   Cello
Sally Herbert   Violin
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Julia Singleton   Violin
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
James Ford   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Vincent Greene   Viola
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Robert Spriggs   Viola
Devonté Hynes   Guitar
Kate Robinson   Violin
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Jonny Byers   Cello
Mikky Ekko   Background Vocals
Romy Madley Croft   Guitar
Tom Herbert   Bass,Keyboards
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Rick Koster   Violin
Vicky Matthews   Cello
Alison Dods   Violin
Phillip A. Peterson   Cello
Dave Okumu   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sampha   Background Vocals
Leo Taylor   Drums
Oliver Langford   Viola
Miguel   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Jeremy Levin   Background Vocals
Daniel Butman   Violin
Ed Sheeran   Background Vocals
Chris Sclafani   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Sam Dew   Background Vocals
Paul Jefferies   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Jennifer Lee   Violin
Blake Espy   Violin
Benjamin Ash   Background Vocals
Aryn Wüthrich   Background Vocals
Andrew Levin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Benny Blanco   Composer
Mitchum Chin   Composer
James Ford   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Matthew Walker   Composer
Devonté Hynes   Composer,Additional Production
Romy Madley Croft   Composer
Emile Haynie   Producer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Phillip A. Peterson   String Arrangements
Dave Okumu   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
William Phillips   Composer
Julio Bashmore   Producer
Leo Taylor   Programming
Tom Hull   Composer
Jimmy Napes   Composer
Jessie Ware   Composer
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Brendon Harding   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chris Sclafani   Engineer
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Daniel Daley   Composer
Samuel Dew   Composer
Paul Jefferies   Composer
Benjamin Ash   Composer
Ninteen85   Producer
BenZel   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation

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