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Single Review: Jessie J – It’s My Party

Photo: David Roemer

Whilst most popstars emerge with spunky, excitable tunes and then choose a more mature route on their sophomore effort, Jessie J has turned it all on it’s head and following her serious-face muso gabble on The Voice, she is becoming pretty dependant on the party bangers to keep her name out there. Whether it’s a good thing or not depends on what you want from Jessie – sure, the big voice sounds great on ballads and Mariah-esque slow jams, but can you really beat a disco diva?! Jessie seems to think not.

Let’s all admit before we proceed – it does sound a bit like ‘Raise Your Glass’ by P!nk doesn’t it?! And, let’s admit also, that it’s not breathtakingly original. It is in the same vein as ‘Domino’ and ‘Laserlight’ so the development card can’t be tossed out too much during this campaign, but it’s actually really good. It might not be as dynamic as we expected but it’s Jessie J doing Jessie J brilliantly. Whilst Katy Perry looks set to move away from the genre, guitar-driven Dr. Luke smashes should be Jessie’s forte for now and you can’t ask for a better voice to showcase it all, really. The voice might grate on you, but Ms. Cornish is dynamite on the microphone and few can deny that she is one of the strongest vocalists to emerge from the UK in the powerhouse diva stakes. Love it or hate it, you’ve got to respect it.

It is redundant to comment on the lyrics of ‘It’s My Party’ because that would be missing the point. Frankly, it’s the kind of head-nodding tune that would rattle in your head even if Cornish was muttering nonsense over the top – it’s all about the big chorus and the soaring beats that lead up to it. That being said, the cocky ‘awh, your only friend is your phone’ lyric is the type that will enter the public consciousness and be slashed over cheap t-shirts everywhere. So despite being pretty generic, perhaps the lyrics are quite integral to it’s charm.

One comment I read criticised it for ‘not being a song that will be played in a few years time’, which is quite valid in that it isn’t going to be her best known tune, it doesn’t surpass the catchy ‘Price Tag’ or the game-changing ‘Domino’, but in a world where popstars are ever changing and attempting new directions, it’s quite refreshing and enjoyable to just let Jessie do what she does for now. Perhaps the genre-switching decisions can come when we’ve all had enough of her brand of punchy, infectious pop, because by the success she has managed to retain, more of the same is all people are asking for right now, anyway.

Photo: David Roemer
Words: Simon McMurdo

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