Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Rising Star Is Ready for the Spotlight

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Rising Star Is Ready for the Spotlight

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

JESSIE WAW RE Plan B, SW9 FROM Clapham, an English literature graduate and the daughter of a Panorama reporter, Jessie Ware is not your bog-standard pop star in waiting. She does, though, possess the handy holy trinity of songs, voice and looks. And if last night's triumphant show at a heaving, steaming Plan B is any yardstick -- and, frankly, it ought to be -- all the lights are about to turn green for her.

Black dress, big earrings and seemingly stern countenance, Ware evoked the elegance of Lana Del Rey, the glacial cool of Sade and the imperial vulnerability of both. Yet, on a set of beguiling, impossible-toshake songs, she moved mountains like Celine Dion when the going got loud on Taking in Water and crumbled hearts like Dido everywhere else.

There's another, more elusive quality a pop star needs: likeability. Ware has that too and not merely because she's at that joyous point in her career where everything is a genuine delight. …

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