Chart Mondays: Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself

24 August Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Jess Glynne shows us that we shouldn't be hard on ourselves and that we should fight for what we want because we can achieve anything if we set our minds to it. Uplifting and inspirational, this should've amazed us, yet it falls flat like so many others.

I have decided to start the week off with Chart Mondays. Every Monday I shall review a video in the UK top 10, usually it will be the current number one, however this isn't always possible due to it already been reviewed or it doesn't have a video.

Jess Glynne scored her fifth number one with this song, no longer helping Clean Bandit get awesome hits, Jess Glynne has took the UK by storm. She is tied with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini with the most UK number ones for a solo British female, however Jess Glynne has done it within 18 months compared to Cheryl's five years. Jess Glynne will be around for a long time, and I expect more number ones will follow.

Written by Jess Glynne, Wayne Hector and TMS. The song inspires us all, with it's disco theme, Jess Glynne tells us to never give up. The catchy song is so good it's no surprise it got to number one, her vocal range is amazing to listen to, and this song fits perfectly with her previous released singles. I Cry When I Laugh album is one to listen to, for sure.

Declan Whitebloom was the director, and considering his previous videos: Taylor Swift's "Mean", "We Are Never Getting Back Together" and Pixie Lott's "What Do You Take Me For?". Its surprising that this one isn't as memorable as the others he has directed.

I like the narrative side, what with the drummer practising over and over and his father encouraging him and eventually he is good enough to be included.

Yet the performance side totally lets this video down. I would never be interested in seeing Jess Glynne live. Don't get me wrong, her voice is phenomenal, and since she's had five number ones already, she clearly is one of the UK's best female acts, however it looks like she is just singing the song in this video. Where is her performance? Where is her passion? Her feeling? Does she even mean anything she is actually singing?

What's next for Jess Glynne? Another number one, surely. Or will Cheryl Fernandez-Versini fight back? Has Jess Glynne relaxed? In this video she seems complacent. Will she be able to keep her chart reign? I guess we'll have to wait and see. As for the video it fails to excite me like I was expecting it to.
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