Having already won a Brit award before her debut album had been released; it is fair to say that Jessie “J” Cornish’s Who You Are is one of the most anticipated albums of the year so far.
Who You Are comes in a standard and a bonus version, the former with thirteen tracks, including lead singles ‘Do It Like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’, with the latter boasting another three acoustic tracks, and two music videos.
Rush released due to a huge demand, Who You Are finally allows the 22 year old to finally step out from behind the stars she’s written for (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus to name but a few), and take centre stage herself.
There is talent there, there can be no doubt – Price Tag, featuring B.o.B, has taken the charts by storm, following on from Do It Like a Dude’s huge impact, is supported by a selection of songs equally worthy of single status. The likes of Mama Knows Best, Nobody’s Perfect and Abracadabra are all highly enjoyable up-tempo numbers, and Big White Room, the standard album’s sole acoustic offering is a great exponent of Cornish’s song writing and singing, allowing her talent to shine through without the, at times, over shadowing production.
Talent there is in abundance, but what lacks from the album is any sense of identity.
The songs, although great pop offerings on their own, lack any cohesion in the album as a whole. Do It Like a Dude wouldn’t sound out of place on a Rihanna album, Abracadabra sounds like something the Saturdays would be proud to call their own, and Mamma Knows Best has a Christina Aguilera style to it, and sounds like a perfect debut for Amber Riley, Glee’s Mercedes Jones.
Cornish claims she can do it like a dude, but on this evidence, she’s doing it like every major female soloist from the past decade.
Sounding almost like a musical CV, this is a great collection of singles, but lacks a cohesiveness that could make it one of the best albums of the year. Who You Are is almost a perfect title, but perhaps ‘Who Are You?’ would’ve been the better option.