Bonus Track: Sam – Jesse Ware, 2017
Chances are you’ve heard Jesse Ware on the radio recently with her single ‘Alone’ which is a really enjoyable track. She clearly has an excellent voice and the talent to put it to really effective use. The slight break as she comes back down from the falsetto in the line “I don’t want somebody to call my name” is nothing short of perfection.
‘Sam’ appeared on my Release Radar a couple of weeks ago and it stood out for a few reasons even before I realised who it was. There’s always the risk with acoustic pop tracks that they sound incredibly generic and acoustic for the sake of being acoustic. When done right though, and when the artist has a really strong voice, acoustic backing gives a live touch to a track and feels far more personal than something that sounds produced.
And I hope I’m as brave as my mother, wondering what kind of mother will I be. I hope she knows that I’ve found a man far from my father – Sam, my baby and me.
Alongside that, the lyrics here are deeply personal as Ware ponders motherhood and reflects on her own parents and their impact on her life. Sam, of course, is her childhood sweetheart, now husband. It’s a song full of beautiful honesty.
It also ends with some completely unexpected muted jazz trumpet improvisation and bass is played by no other than Pino Palladino of John Mayer Trio fame (yes, and maybe The Who).