JOSS STONE

Rating: NNNNRinging up more than 9 million sales of her first two recordings, 19 year-old Joss Stone was in a.


Rating: NNNN


Ringing up more than 9 million sales of her first two recordings, 19 year-old Joss Stone was in a very good position to do whatever she wanted. If that meant co-writing the songs for the new recording, say, on a Barbados beach and bringing Raphael Saadiq along as producer to give the tunes a funky throwback soul vibe with a hiphop kick – no problem. Same goes for calling album number three Introducing Joss Stone. It’s all good, baby. With the fast-maturing Stone gaining greater control of her powerful pipes and a recent breakup adding to the underlying sexual tension while stoking the creative fire, the craftily reconstituted 70s R&B concept works exceptionally well. It’s also perfectly timed, however coincidentally, to capitalize on the groundwork laid by Mark Ronson with Amy Winehouse’s similarly tweaked Back To Black album. Right on the money.

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