Title - ‘Who You Are’ (Lava Records)
Artist - Jessie J
Who You Are is the debut studio album by English recording artist Jessie J aka Jessica Ellen Cornish. Released in February '11 in the UK it finally got a US release date this past April - and the wait was well worth it!
The album debuted at #2 on the UK Albums Chart selling 105,000 copies in its first week. However, the album debuted in the US at #11 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with first-week sales of just 34,000 copies.
Those figures aside, ad concentrating on the music - mix a bit of Rihanna with Gwen Stefani, add the charisma of Pink, and you will start to get an idea of what kind of girl Jessie J is - the first song on the album, 'Price Tag' just happens to now be the most well-known track on the album also!
'Nobody's Perfect' is next and is solid due to the vocal tone of Jessie's powerful singing. Paired with a solid hook and some fairly well-written lyrics, it is followed by 'Abracadabra.' No, not the Steve Miller Band song, although that might have been a better choice this one was enables Dr. Luke to give it some solid production, but comes complete with weak lyrics.
'Big White Room' is next and is just, for my money, a generic album filler. Then comes 'Casualty of Love,' another song held up by Jessie's vocals, but is short on anything close to quailty. 'Rainbow' provides us a bit of a rap break, and has one of the most catchiest of chorus lines on the album. Whereas 'Who's Laughing Now' may well be under catchy, but has some grating spoken beats in the middle.
The album's first single was the Parker & James and Invisible Men-produced 'Do It Like a Dude,' which was released in the UK back in November of last year. Initially the single peaked at number five on UK Singles Chart however, after Jessie won the Critics Choice award at the 2011 BRIT Awards, 'Do It Like a Dude' would reached a new peak of number two, some eight weeks after first charting!
'Momma Knows Best' is the weakest track on the album, with 'L.O.V.E.' another song whose lyrics just drag the album further down (sorry). 'Stand Up' is another uplifting track that actually builds a bit of steam for the album just when it was needed, with one of the most vocally strong and emotionally invested songs, 'I Need This' behind it.
The album closes with 'Who You Are,' which is actually a great track to end the album on. In fact, weirdly, the song leaves the listener thinking the album is better then it actually was; which is always a nice effect.