Eight years into her recording career, Angie Stone is starting to mellow. Not that the soul singer was ever pounding the clubs with 185-bpm acid electroclash tracks, but unlike past releases, you can slow-dance through most of her fourth album.
The gentle tempo, coupled with Stone's soothing voice, has the power to melt all worries away. Those student loan payments? Forgotten. Kitchen on fire? Drop that extinguisher, baby, Angie's here and everything's gonna be all right.
This album is well-crafted and smart, down to Here We Go Again, the most sensible breakup song you may ever hear. It also bears organic production: no synths, no samples -- perhaps as a result of being her first for the storied Stax Records.