Here’s a prediction: In the not-too-distant future, Jessie J is going to release a brilliant pop single. The 23-year-old Brit (who recently had her Stateside coming-out party courtesy of a gig on SNL) has all the tools, from a monster voice to an ear for hooks — she co-wrote Miley Cyrus’ ”Party in the U.S.A.” — and a manic persona that’s equal parts Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth, and Alice Cooper. But now here’s a fact: That song isn’t on her debut album.
Instead, Jessie’s outside-the-box persona gets buried under maximalist production and mainstream themes like bullying (”Who’s Laughing Now”), girl power (”Do It Like a Dude”), and materialism (the sunny ”Price Tag,” a No. 1 single in the U.K.). But hope springs in the gorgeously paranoid ballad ”Big White Room” — lifted live from an acoustic performance in London earlier this year — which offers the promise of a gifted singer ready to ditch the flash and show us who she is. B