I Cry When I Laugh is Jess Glynne's debut studio album that was released on August 21, 2015 by Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group.
- Strawberry Fields (Intro)
- Gave Me Something
- Hold My Hand
- Real Love (with Clean Bandit)
- Ain't Got Far To Go
- Take Me Home
- Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
- You Can Find Me
- Why Me
- Love Me
- It Ain't Right
- No Rights No Wrongs
- Saddest Vanilla (featuring Emeli Sande)
- Right Here
In August 2013, Jess Glynne signed a contract with Atlantic Records, consequently leaving her job at the time in brand management for a drinks company.
During that same year, deep house producer Route 94 approached her about rewriting and providing vocals for a song of his, called "My Love", which at the time contained a sample that he was prohibited from using.
The song was released on DJ Annie Mac's compilation album, "Annie Mac Presents" in October 2013 which led to Glynne’s discovery by British electronic group Clean Bandit who approached her to feature on their song "Rather Be".
Released as a single in January 2014, "Rather Be" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the third fastest-selling single and the most streamed song of 2014.
The song attained number-one and top-five positions on charts across Europe and Oceania, and was a top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In February 2014, Route 94's "My Love" was released as a single; it also debuted at number one in the UK.
"I Cry When I Laugh" debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with combined sales of just under 60,000, giving Glynne the second fastest-selling debut album of 2015 behind James Bay's album, "Chaos and the Calm."
The album has reached the top 10 in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands. It has also peaked at number 25 on the US Billboard 200.
The album had been certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 300,000 copies and sold 583,000 copies in the UK during 2015.
It has since been certified 3× Platinum for sales of over 900,000 copies.
"I Cry When I Laugh" received mixed reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, it currently holds a score of 53, based on six reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
The Independent writer Andy Gill found that Glynne's "recent chart-topper "Hold My Hand" provides a fairly accurate template for her debut album, as regards both methods and themes. It’s a record of heartbreak cauterised by hope, so alongside the routine tears and recrimination is a recurrent element of recovery and optimism that sets it apart from most other soul-diva offerings."
John Aizlewood from Evening Standard wrote that "it’s a relentless listen, probably best served in single exhilarating portions rather than as a whole, but the kitchen sink production on "Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself" is a windswept delight and bold is always more fun than mealy-mouthed".
Digital Spy called the album a "mix of emotions, blending heartbroken lyrics with uplifting melodies. The overall formula isn't particularly forward-thinking, neither is it pushing the fringes of pop, but somehow it comes across as strikingly distinct I Cry When I Laugh is [...] an accomplished and uplifting debut album.
Paul MacInnes from The Guardian rated the album two out of five stars and wrote that "Glynne is now being launched in her own right, with this lengthy collection intended to showcase her talents. It’s unclear quite what those are, however – not so much because Glynne lacks a distinctive voice, but more because the variety of producers and arrangements here mean it’s difficult to tell quite what her thing is."
Similarly, musicOMH's Andy Baber felt that "I Cry When I Laugh never really manages to become more than just a collection of singles. Admittedly, the singles are all of the highest quality [...] but there is no getting away from the fact that the album as a whole is rather underwhelming. It is great as something to dip in and out of, but I Cry When I Laugh is proof that Glynne is far from the finished article."
Hazel Cills, writing for Spin magazine, added that while "you’ve probably heard Glynne’s voice before you even knew who the English singer was, you might not know who she is even after hearing her debut record." She felt that the album was plagued by "scatterbrained production", "neck-deep clichés", and "relentless self-help tracks, all of which begin to blend together."