Jessie J is revealing the contents of R.O.S.E, her upcoming studio album, an acronym for “Realizations, Obsessions, Sex, and Empowerment“. And today, she’s released the “next letter on this journey” to R.O.S.E: “Not My Ex” (O = OBSESSIONS)
Although she sounds just as lovely as ever and the DJ Camper production is solid enough, the most noteworthy thing about “Not My Ex” isn’t necessarily the sound of the song itself, but rather the story Jessie‘s singing, which is quite personal — much in the vein as last month’s “Think About That.”
“My ex used to tell me I’m flawless/ When laying low with all the girls/ Believed him when he said he was honest/ Then blame myself when I got hurt/ My ex used to tell me I’m selfish,” she croons in the song’s opening lines. Unlike a majority of her previous work, “Not My Ex” at least feels like a genuine piece of Jessie‘s soul as she depicts a cautionary tale about carrying past romance issues into a new relationship.
“I’m fallin’ for you, you’re fallin’ for me/ I won’t promise I won’t hurt again/ I can promise we won’t be like them,” she admits across the striding beat. “I’m fallin’ for you, you’re fallin’ for me (baby)/ I won’t promise I won’t walk away/ I can promise it won’t be the same.”
While I can’t say I really see “Not My Ex” or “Think About That” climbing to the top of the radio charts, I can say that I’m absolutely loving this more personal, stripped-down side of Jessie. These new songs feel like we’re finally getting Jessie J the artist, not Jessie J the “pop star.”