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The Dolphin

The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Taliah Carmona, class of 24
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Taliah Carmona, Guest Writer • December 5, 2023

As the end of my senior year approaches, I’ve reflected on my last four years, which have been nothing but remarkable. I found myself finally...

Jones at a game versus SUNY Fredonia
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Darrick Jones, Guest Writer • December 5, 2023

The Ted Grant Court at Le Moyne College has become my new proving ground, where the squeak of sneakers and the roar of the crowd serve as the...

A full commuter parking lot on campus, Lot C and CC
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Corinne Becker, News & Features Editor • December 5, 2023

To say parking is a pain at Le Moyne is an understatement; between closed lots, tickets on windshields, and unauthorized vehicles taking up spots,...

Social Media and Self-Esteem: How to Manage Social Media Use
Mai Al Janabi, Staff Writer • December 1, 2023

Social media usage is often linked to self-esteem issues and mental health concerns, but given the advent of social networking sites, avoiding...

The Launch of the New Gender, Women, and Sexuality Center
Danny Mondelli, Assistant Editor in Chief • December 1, 2023

On October 18th, Le Moyne unveiled its new Gender, Women, and Sexuality Center in Reilly Hall. The event was organized by Dr. Farha Ternikar,...

Devoted to her sound

Newcomer Jessie Ware’s debut album, “Devotion,” definitely defines who she is as an artist. Her music seems to have many different influences, especially R&B and electronic pop. Ware gives fans a 12-track album with some sounds we may have never heard before.

Jessie Ware’s voice is like a cross between pop icon Katy Perry and crooning Alicia Keys. She has the tone of Perry, but with the range and attitude of Keys. On the album, I noticed a couple songs that were very R&B driven, like: “Swan Song,” “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” which also has a hip-hop style to it that is sung with effortless perfection, and “Taking In Water,” which is filled with lush emotions and stands out as a modern hit on the album.

The song “Wildest Moments” is, without a doubt, the most popular track on the album. With a maddeningly repetitive drum beat and elegant piano keys, Ware sweeps you away with a potpourri of uplifting lyrics. “Baby in our wildest moments/ we could be the greatest/ we could be the greatest” are sung almost like an ancient poem.

Tracks like, “Something Inside” and “No To Love” seem to be alternatively/singer-songwriter driven. Ware’s precious lyrics are sung so fluently, it almost puts you in a trance. Most of the songs on the album are incredibly smooth and almost flow seamlessly as one long song. “No To Love” has recurring lyrics that get old after a couple listens and “Something Inside” seems to have many different genres involved that is tied together with archaic violins and overlapping never-ending harmonies.

“I don’t know if this is wrong/but it’s encrypt into my mind/I don’t know if this is love/but I think it’s worth a try” are sung in a whisper-like voice by Ware on the song “Imagine It Was Us.” This track belongs in a fashion show as women in feather boas strut down the runway or on an episode of “Sex and the City.” The whole song is very very reminiscent of a young Madonna back in the day. It has that old steady beat with synthesizer-like sounds that seem to glide along with the question-driven lyrics.

The definition of “devotion” is a profound dedication. Ware knows exactly how to stay true to her sound. This album is not for everyone but, even though I think “Devotion” could have been a lot better, I’m glad that Ware stuck with her unique sound.


4 out of 5 dolphins


Tracks to buy: “Wildest Moments” and “Taking In Water”

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