The up-beat, funky and tinged with noughties nostalgia, All I Am is a single by English singer-songwriter Jess Glynne.
From the soulful vocals which go with her flaming locks, this is the type of tune you need on a Friday afternoon. The beat, message and intimacy of the message is enough to shake-off the last vestiges of a long working week and dive into the weekend.
The single is instantly recognisable and comes from Glynne’s 2018 album Always In Between, only the second in her career. Although in debuted at number 1 the album, as a whole received mixed reviews from critics. Comparisons with Amy Winehouse are perhaps inevitable but there is more soul, more happiness and definitely less drama in Jess Glynne’s music. Personally, I think it is a grower and is the kind of the tune to have when chatting, and is not a melody that will grab you and demand your attention.
It is a cheeky, playful composition with a memorable, nudging bass-line and a big chorus. This is where we probably have to acknowledge that All I Am’s bass-line is – inspired – to say the least, by another groove, namely Kings of Tomorrow’s (the brain child of producer Sandy Rivera) Tomorrow. It works. Perhaps it is not quite Adelle and Jess Glynne is not trying to be, but worthy of attention and notice. Something about Glynne reminds me of the Anastacia - the –arm vocal delivery and the sense of power which is just underneath the surface. Something that is kept at bay, but can be called upon in live performances. You should also check-out the video, if you haven’t already – the party-life, travelling around the globe vibe illustrate the feel of the song: life is beautiful, live for the moment.