“I Cry When I Laugh” is the title of Jess Glynne’s debut album. The United Kingdom singer’s album released on August 21 in the UK and September 11 in the US. The album reached number one on the UK album charts.
Glynne’s lyrical style is meaningful, and she has a distinct and soulful voice in all her songs. Her songwriting inspiration comes from Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, while her influences in music come from Frank Ocean.
Using heartbreaking and inspirational messages in her songs, Glynne has easily captured the ears of many listeners. She has five number one hits in the UK–“Right Here,” “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” “Hold My Hand,” “Real Love” and “Not Letting Go.”
The album kicks off with “Gave Me Something,” delivering an encouraging message through the lyrics, “You gave me hope and you let me know oh/ If I give it time it will all be mine.”
“Hold My Hand” has an upbeat tone and becomes catchy with a chorus that is easy to sing along to.
Continuing along the theme of inspirational messages, the song, “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” is full of powerful lines that anyone can relate to. “I’m standin’ on top of the world, right where I wanna be/ So how can this dark cloud keep raining over me/ But hearts break and hells a place that everyone knows/ So don’t be hard on yourself, no.” Glynne speaks about how despite being on top, there are still hardships that will come, and no one should beat themselves up when things don’t go the way they planned.
Glynne pulls out the acoustic style for the song “My Love” on the album. She sings with the presence of a piano and nothing more, which helps show just how powerful her voice is. The song has a more classical feel to it, but it still carries a strong emotional meaning.
The only downside to this album is that it is a mix of up-beat songs and heartbreak ones. However, all the songs are catchy and easy to fall in love with. Glynne has a lot of talent, and this album shows what she is capable of doing.