The Soul Sessions - Joss Stone
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  • Summary: A 16-year-old white British girl singing covers of American soul classics? Odd as it may sound, that is the recipe for a hit, as evidenced by this debut album for Dover, England teenager Joss Stone, who tackles works by everyone from Aretha Franklin to, well, the White Stripes.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. Thing is, Joss Stone does have an extraordinary voice, and the only misguided ploy on The Soul Sessions is a Roots-produced slo-mo cover of a White Stripes tune.
  2. Stone navigates her way with confidence and prowess, passion and experimentation.
  3. It's a record that benefits from the homogenous, warm feeling such an intimate set-up can make for, the tracks setting up Stone's remarkable voice rather than intentionally distracting from the singer's limitations.
  4. The dichotomy of power and sultriness is the [final] track's greatest asset. It's that same duality that should provide Joss Stone with a career that knows no limits.
  5. Stone shines on this impressive covers set.
  6. Her singing is rich, mature and agile but not showy, at least until the final number.
  7. Norah Jones is herself, give her that. I hate to think what this phenom will have to go through to get that far.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. BigGirl
    Sep 15, 2004
    10
    She's the next Aretha and Natalie Cole.
  2. EloB
    Mar 5, 2004
    9
    I keep hearing it in my head and it sounds good!
  3. HS
    Mar 13, 2004
    9
    Excellent and refreshing! I can't wait for her next album (in the works before this one) of her own material...
  4. ChrisJ
    Mar 4, 2006
    8
    Candi Stanton?! You f*cking prat! Cracking voice, good songs, and she's English!
  5. VictorB
    Mar 3, 2004
    7
    Very well done! I won't comment on the fact that Joss Stone is white and sings 'black' because everyone is doing that these Very well done! I won't comment on the fact that Joss Stone is white and sings 'black' because everyone is doing that these days. Joss Stone took mostly old soul standards and held her own in singing them, no small feat when you see the American Idol finalists barly able to pull off one song of this caliber. In however efficient Joss Strone is in taking us to 'back in the day' she never takes us anywhere new except on the reworking of "Fell in Love With A Boy". Nothing else gives us a reason to buy this disc and not a remastered one by the original artists. Expand
  6. izata
    Sep 23, 2006
    3
    Lame... lame... overrated.... boring... one of the worst album i bought... stoooooopid!!!!
  7. DRanged
    Mar 9, 2004
    1
    TRASH!This CD is a total rip-off. She's just another Christina Aguilera,with a loud voice! Candi Stanton's latest collection is WAY TRASH!This CD is a total rip-off. She's just another Christina Aguilera,with a loud voice! Candi Stanton's latest collection is WAY better than this garbage. Expand