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  • Summary: Despite the title, this is the third album for the young British soul singer. Raphael Saadiq produces, with Lauryn Hill and Common guesting.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 80
    [Introducing] contains her best songs and most relaxed, assured performances. [May 2007, p.112]
  2. The record is low on saccharine balladry, high on rhythm protein.
  3. Introducing Joss Stone has the sound of an artist who is beginning to go places, not of one coming from somewhere or standing still.
  4. For all her undoubted talent - and only the unreasonably churlish would deny she can sing up a storm - she now seems trapped awkwardly between two diametrically opposing cultures.
  5. 60
    There's nothing remotely original about any of it. [Apr 2007, p.111]
  6. These songs are insufficiently distinctive and there is a surfeit of ballast in need of jettisoning. [Apr 2007, p.108]
  7. She has talent to burn, but rather than challenge herself, Stone has chosen to throw herself on a multi-million dollar bullet train to the centre of mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Aug 30, 2011
    6
    I found it to be an enjoyable listen that didn't trigger any overwhelming reaction or emotion (positive or negative). Starts off strong with three or four decent tracks, runs out of gas towards the end. Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2013
    5
    With Raphael Saadiq as a producer I expected this album to be amazing, but I was left utterly unamazed by the reality of what it actually offers. Other than a few stand-out tracks ("Girl They Won't Believe It", "Tell Me 'Bout It", "Music Outro", all of which are, go figure, co-written by Saadiq) the album is nothing more than average, with nothing to make it memorable or even noticeable. This is a shame, since Joss Stone is a talented vocalist, and should have songs that demonstrate this better. Expand

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