Jessie Ware’s ‘Midnight’ is almost-opera, R&B and soul intertwined and desperately beautiful

Jessie Ware’s ‘Midnight‘ is almost-opera, R&B and soul and desperately beautiful

British adult contemporary pop singer Jessie Ware is back with a new single. But this time ‘Midnight‘ is more almost-opera than pop, at least during its verses. Then the chorus morphs into a 1970s-styled R&B/soul extravaganza complete with a heavy thumping piano beat and Ware sounding more than just a little desperately in love.


And it’s a song that takes some getting used to, as it’s quite jarring at first. Give it a few listens, though, and I guarantee you will fall in love. Because, Jesus, her voice is so pure and so powerful, and those notes she can reach without seemingly any effort are astounding.

Midnight‘ is from Jessie Ware’s upcoming third album — the follow up to her 2014 sophomore album Tough Love — which will be releasing sometime towards the end of 2018.

It’s an album Ware initially struggled with, trying to rush it out due to being pregnant and just wanting it ‘done’.

But she took a step back and re-assessed after friend and music producer Benny Blanco said to her “”This is really bad. I don’t know what you’re doing. Why are you not doing what you do?

As Ware admitted to The Fader, she knew exactly what he meant.

Related: Watch Conchita Wurst’s gorgeous music video and cover of Jessie Ware’s ‘Champagne Kisses‘ — it’s stunning

Listen to Jessie Ware’s ‘Midnight‘ in the Spotify widget below. Play it a few times and you will be hooked.

You can also hear Ware on BBC Radio One last week premiering ‘Midnight‘ and talking about how ‘Midnight‘ came to be in the video below that.

Ware will be at Cafe Mambo on Ibiza next week as part of the BBC Radio 1 Weekend, if you want to hear her sing ‘Midnight‘ live.

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