Much like fellow Brit Sam Smith, Jess Glynne first made noise Stateside as a featured artist on a dance track — Clean Bandit’s Grammy-winning “Rather Be” — but this fall, she’s got her first solo record coming, called I Cry When I Laugh.
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It’s anchored by “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” a slickly soulful tune that’s got a bit of grit to it, threaded throughout its core with an uptempo piano-driven melody. Glynne’s voice presents the same emotionally wrought rasp Adele’s mastered, with a palpably harder edge, which’ll surely take her far.
In her new “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” video, Glynne mostly takes backseat and allows a narrative following a son and his just-deceased father to unfold gently in front of her. There’s a drumline, a dance studio, and some truly subtle musical magic at work. I Cry When I Laugh hits stores in the U.S. on September 11.