Review: Jess Glynne – ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’


'Ain't Got Far To Go' is empowering and upbeat. It sees Jess Glynne's vocals in the spotlight, showcasing what will lie at the heart of her debut album.

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The fiery-haired Jess Glynne has shared an acoustic track from her upcoming debut LP, I Cry When I Laugh. ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’ is where her album began, with the track promoting that “it’s about never giving up and believing in yourself”.

Glynne enchants you from the very beginning with with a jaunty, upbeat piano melody and accompanying claps, before her ever-strong voice takes over. The track strikes a beautiful balance between a focus on Glynne’s warm vocals and her accompanying band, before the chorus soars with the repetition of “I know” reaching an empowering height. As the track draws to a close, Glynne mirrors the jaunty tone of the piano with her melodies, raising the tempo and ending on a high.

What ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’ allows is for Jess Glynne to be recognised outside of the dance-centric tracks like Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ that helped make her name. She proves that her incredible voice, alone, can make a track.

If this is what lies at the heart of I Cry When I Laugh, then we should all be excited.

I Cry When I Laugh will be released on Friday 21st August via Atlantic Records.


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