What to Stream This Week: What’s Your Pleasure?

*Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for the new film Morbius. Read at your own discretion.*

When I first watched Morbius, I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t get into all of my Morbius opinions because this isn’t a film review. However, I will say that one of my favorite parts of the film was its’ use of the Jessie Ware song, “The Kill.” This song was used when Milo was in the club and was, you guessed it, getting ready to kill. This is the type of thing in a movie soundtrack that I live for. More importantly, however, it reminded me of the album from which the song came, What’s Your Pleasure?

What’s Your Pleasure? album cover

What’s Your Pleasure? was released in 2020, but I would still consider the album to be criminally underrated. While really well-received by critics, I don’t think it broke through to be as popular as it should have. I really haven’t seen people talk about it except for a few niche Tik Toks, and the only example, other than Morbius, I’ve seen of a song from the album used was in the HBO Gossip Girl Reboot

A lot of critics have compared the album to other albums from 2020 that utilized a disco sound, such as Lady Gaga’s Chromatica and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. But What’s Your Pleasure? differs from the two, in that it is not inspired by disco; it is disco. 

Jessie Ware does something that I have not seen any other artist do, at least in the mainstream, which is to fully commit to the genre of music that she is influenced by. It’s an album that, other than maybe the production sound, could fully pass as being from the late 1970s. 

Jessie Ware performs at O2 Academy Leeds on December 07, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns)

The album begins with the two songs, “Spotlight” and “What’s Your Pleasure?”. Being the two most popular songs from the album, they instantly immerse the listener into the album. The latter is such a danceable song that I’m actually so mad it isn’t getting played at the clubs. 

The album ends with one of my favorite songs from the album, “Remember Where You Are”. There is just something about this song. It reminds me a lot of Donna Summer’s music (I love Donna Summer). It’s definitely a stand-out in this no-skips album and a great closer.

Jessie Ware’s album has definitely become one of my favorites. So if you’re looking to find something new this listen to this week, I recommend checking out this album. Tt is one of the best of the decade.

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