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Introducing Joss Stone (CD+DVD)
Joss Stone
Introducing Joss Stone (CD+DVD)
Genres: International Music, Pop, R&B, Rock
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (1) - Disc #2

British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone's third album, Introducing Joss Stone, is an electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, '70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies, and hip-hop grooves. The album is the one t...  more »


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All Artists: Joss Stone
Title: Introducing Joss Stone (CD+DVD)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Virgin Records Us
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 3/20/2007
Album Type: Deluxe Edition
Genres: International Music, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Europe, Britain & Ireland, Adult Alternative, Soul
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 094638801320

British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone's third album, Introducing Joss Stone, is an electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, '70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies, and hip-hop grooves. The album is the one that Stone describes as "truly me. That's why I'm calling it Introducing Joss Stone," she says. "These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist." Knowing she wanted to write the album alone, Stone decamped to Barbados in April to come up with lyrics. She stayed for several months before flying to the Bahamas to hook up with her main musical collaborator and producer Raphael Saadiq (known for his work with D'Angelo, The Roots, and Macy Gray). Stone and Saadiq spent two months recording in the Bahamas, and then mixed it at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Other musical collaborators include rapper/singer/songwriter and producer Novel, who is the grandson of soul legend Solomon Burke and has written songs for Kelis and India.Arie, as well as Beau Dozier, son of Motown legend Lamont Dozier, whom she wrote with on her last album, 2004's gold-certified Mind, Body & Soul. The album also features guest vocal appearances by the rapper Common on "Tell Me What We're Going to Do," and reclusive singer Lauryn Hill, who lends a rap to the languid Fugees-inspired track "Music." Limited edition CD + Bonus DVD features recording footage, making of the video, the music video, and interviews with Joss discussing the making of the record. Joss Stone Photos             More from Joss Stone

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Stone Embraces 'Change' Yet Again (2.5 stars)
Rudy Palma | NJ | 04/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Troubling as it is, Joss Stone is indicative of a strong problem with popular music, and her haughtily-titled new album "Introducing Joss Stone" continues the indication. Stone has verve and sizzle - there's no disputing the British vocalist has a uniquely talented throat. However, as on her previous releases, the ingredients don't quite jell.

Like 2004's "Mind, Body and Soul," the new record is weighed down by too much style and too little substance. To call Stone pretentious would be a massive understatement. As if it isn't enough that she systematically checkmarks all the soul singer clichés, everything from her image to her album titles to her cover art reflect such an air of self-importance that each CD should come with its own gust of wind. The title sounds ripe for a debut LP - not a third major release from an established artist, and the speech intro by English footballer Vinnie Jones, "Change," further attempts to convey to the listener that, yet again, Stone has thrown a curveball to her creative palette. Please.

Stone's main predicament is that she sounds like an amalgamation of many of her influences, but with far less memorable material. She clearly draws upon classic singers of blues, Motown, even Tin Pan Alley - harkening memories of better, more fully-realized songs than the ones she delivers. This means that, aside from some modern flourishes and mainstream influences, she has hardly made any significant "change" since the last time around.

Jarring lyrics spew out of Stone's mouth left and right. No matter how invested she may attempt to sound or how funky the instrumentation may be, awkward wordplay such as this verse from lead single "Tell Me `Bout It" simply cannot hide:

"Let's have a show of hands, who's addicted to their man?/If I could do the things I want to you, you'd be changing all your plans/You wanna say I'm yours, I wanna say get it/You wanna say, so say, I know what you're thinking babe."

Stone has a strong presence and a likeable, engaging set of pipes, even if her full potential seems to be seething below the surface. Still, it comes as no surprise that the entire record sounds like one very long song that's both overcooked and overzealous. The only slight variations come in the form of cool-as-cucumber ballads like "Bruised But Not Broken" and "What Were We Thinking?," leaving the mildly hooky "Headturner" as, well, the only head turner left on the disc.

As Christina Aguilera keeps on proving, a fine voice does not automatically equal a fine album. Whereas she goes way over the top in her performances, ripping fine ballads to shreds, Stone takes a different course: Holding back too often, and accumulating less than stellar compositions. Both are guilty of imitating their influences far too obviously; in a perfect world, Etta James would be receiving royalties.

At age 19, Stone is still young, and will doubtless go through many a "change" in what is sure to be a long, fruitful career in commercial terms. She may well make fine records one day too, but "Introducing Joss Stone" is merely mediocre; a half-hearted testament to her talent with only the guise of brilliance at its disposal"
Introducing Joss Stone
E. P. Kratzer | 06/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The 1st time I heard her I was hooked with her sound, looks, and style. She is young and has a long life ahead of her. The cd/dvd combo is great, and the dvd was excellent to watch. The band is excellent and the backround vocals are great. I would recommend it to anyone..."
A different style, but same soul
D. Franks | United States | 06/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Joss Stone, you will like this cd. I love all her cd's. It really is a natural progression. The first one really was just a teenager loving to sing. The second one was one of a little more experience. And as she says time and again about this cd- it really does seem that music is the love of her life in this cd. She has a great producer and writers (including herself) and the overall cd is just great. It is soulful, and makes you feel moved. It's mostly happy music. Just gets deep down inside of you and makes you feel what she's singing.

You will love this cd. (unless you are a hipster)"