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Jessie Ware’s fifth album, “That! Feels Good!,” is a robust, lavishly sung neo-disco manifesto, some of the most vibrant music the singer has released. It marks a solidification of Ware’s second phase, following her early years crafting understated club soul and grown-up contemporary R&B.
This second phase was made possible at least in part by the success of “Table Manners,” the podcast she co-hosts with her mother that is central to Ware’s public flourishing as a recognizable celebrity. Now she makes music that is playful and unfettered, but delivered as clearly as ever.
In this week’s Popcast, a talk about midcareer sonic switches, the importance of fantasy in making music, and how freedom outside of one’s music career can lead to liberation within it.
Caryn Ganz, the DailyExpertNews pop music editor
Lindsay Zoladz, a pop music critic for DailyExpertNews and writer of the newsletter The Amplifier
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