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Track Review: Jessie Ware, 'Wildest Moments'

4.5

JESSIE WARE
Wildest Moments (3:42)
Producers: Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon
Writers: J. Ware, K. Harpoon
Publisher: Universal Publishing
Island Records

U.K. breakout Jessie Ware first gained a tastemaker following earlier this year for tracks like "Running" and "110%" -- love songs that channeled the British soul movement of the late '80s and early '90s. But for her lead U.S. single, "Wildest Moments," Ware -- along with producers Kid Harpoon and Dave Okumu (of Mercury Prize-nominated alt-rock act the Invisible) -- channel the singer's love of hip-hop producer Jeff Bhasker, placing hard-hitting drums on top of a track about the strength of friendship. "From the outside/Everyone's always wondering why we fight/Why do we fight?" Ware sings, with husky ad-libs and piano sparks that should give Alicia Keys some serious pause as to what her next album should sound like. Though it's likely to be many stateside listeners' first exposure to Ware, "Wildest Moments" only hints at the surprises on her just-released debut album, "Devotion."

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