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  • Summary: The fourth album for Stone was recorded at Marvin Gaye's original LA studio.
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  1. This album is well-crafted and smart.
  2. The Art of Love and War, on the re-launched Stax label, is as full-bodied an affair as this old-school-leaning, incessantly self-exploring diva has delivered.
  3. The strength of the album rests not on one aspect. From the dense lyrics spanning a wealth of topics to the perfect production, The Art of Love & War proves that Stone isn't going anywhere.
  4. Stone remains impressive as a vocalist, an old-school soul with an understated delivery that's more hushed than histrionic.
  5. The Art of Love & War marks yet another solid entry into the musical canon of an under appreciated vocalist.
  6. That mood of indulgence also leads to a surfeit of mellifluous vocals, syrupy beats and billowing, sugary melodies that makes the album cloy.
  7. Her music is much the same as on her 1999 debut "Black Diamond," dulled by a surplus of smooth, bass-heavy slow jams. [Dec 2007, p.124]

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  1. DonC.
    Jan 20, 2008
    The CD is so much more then the seen critics are making it out to be. With her slightly different sound and the real meaning of the lyrics, it is a powerful cd. Expand