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Devotion

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has seen many great performers, but Jessie Ware might top all of them. With help from Jesse Boykins III and Joe Newman on guitar, she delivers three songs full of emotion and power. Don’t miss this one.

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Jessie Ware isn’t typical pop-star material. She might be too shy, too old (she was 28 when her first album was released, ancient in a pop world dominated by teenagers and early twenty-somethings) or too down-to-earth. But Ware’s voice, although pretty much hidden behind thumping drums on Devotion, is so deceptively strong that her rise is inevitable. On Tough Love, Jessie’s vocals get more room to shine and by teaming up with other great songwriters (Miguel, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, Ed Sheeran) she avoids falling victim to the second-album curse.