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  • Summary: This is the fifth album for the R&B singer/actor born in South Carolina.
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  1. Angie Stone’s fifth album, is her strongest to date, as she delivers an LP that effortlessly combines the finest elements of Neo Soul with old-skool R&B.
  2. It’s a neo-soul record. A very good one, because that’s what she does, her passionate voice bringing abundant personality.
  3. She is singular in her ability to be among the most stylistically diverse contemporary artists of our time, without being flashy about it.
  4. Unexpected offers more musical variety than previous discs, from the lively and fun “I Ain’t Hearing You’’ - about a man who can’t possibly be cheating - to the more formulaic “Tell Me,’’ where synthetic beats and the dreaded Auto-Tune take away from the warmth of Stone’s spirit and voice.
  5. This is precisely what her old fans expect by now, and it's unlikely to reel in many new ones.
  6. 60
    Stone's impeccable vocal ensures that her past glories thrive on this new frontier. [Mar 2010, p.96]
  7. Her fifth solo album mixes positive-message R&B, hip hop and funk with variable and often unsubstantial results. [Mar 2010, p.110]

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