Mind, Body & Soul Sessions: Live In New York City Joss Stone (S-Curve/Virgin) Rating: NN Rating: NN
For all that Brit teen soul sensation Joss Stone's got going for her, stagecraft, sadly, is not one of her strengths. Clearly, label S-Curve doesn't care that releasing footage of her frightfully stiff early performances could be a source of embarrassment for years to come, as the release of this concert DVD shot at Irving Plaza back in September suggests her string-pulling peeps are looking at short-term profits rather than long-term career potential. To be fair, Stone seems slightly more at ease here than during her previous Toronto appearances. She's learning how to move, use her hands and work the stage, although no one seems to have tipped her off that a show isn't merely a sequence of song-bites broken up by giggles. Her vocals are spot on, but watching her shift from trying to express deep heartache into the cutesy routine quickly loses its charm. Stone's rarely shown videos are added as a bonus, and once you see them you'll know why they haven't received more airplay - particularly David LaChapelle's unabashedly Super Duper Love clip, which is so horrible it's almost good.