A blog from Michael Cragg:
I went to see Jessie J in concert and here are six things I learned
Nov 05 2013, 15:45
Is there a more divisive popstar working in the pop ‘milieu’ than Jessie J? That was a rhetorical question, obviously, because there really isn’t. But, I’m not being funny right, I saw Jessica Cornish sing some songs at that Beyoncé charity ‘shindig’ at Twickenham in the glory days of the summer and, the ‘Grown Woman (Pepsi re-edit)’ hitmaker aside, J was the only person to get the crowd going.
Basically, when she wants to be, Jessie J can be a really good popstar and has a handful of bangers – ‘Laserlight’, ‘Wild’, ‘Do It Like A Dude’, for example – that only a moron could argue with. Unfortunately, she also has the public persona of the world’s most patronising self-help guru, spouting ‘love yourself’ banalities and accusing anyone that criticises her of being a ‘hater’. It’s ‘look at me, don’t look at me’ syndrome at its worst/finest, but perhaps this is what makes her interesting, who knows.
Anyway, I got sent a ticket to see her in the intimate environs of London’s 02 and while most of my friends’ reacted to the news that I was actually planning on going with ‘why?’, I was mildly intrigued but what she might have in store.
This is what I learned.
NO ONE REALLY KNOWS THE NON-SINGLE SONGS FROM THE NEW ALBUM
Having sung a bit of ‘Big White Room’ from her multi-platinum debut album to open the show, Jessie then launched into three new songs from her not-doing-that-well-really second album and basically no one really cared. I was sat behind a gaggle of kids who were so excited before the show started that I think one of them might have pissed themselves, but by the end of ‘Sexy Lady’ all of them were sat playing Candy Crush on their phones. When the riff to ‘Domino’ (seriously, what a song) finally kicked in it was a blessed relief for all involved. But, clearly wanting to ram ‘Alive’ down everyone’s throats, it was quickly followed by another new song in the shape of the ‘old school’ slow jam, ‘Daydreamin”. Continue reading I went to see Jessie J in concert and here are six things I learned »