Unexpected

  • Record Label: Stax
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2009
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. She is singular in her ability to be among the most stylistically diverse contemporary artists of our time, without being flashy about it.
  2. It’s a neo-soul record. A very good one, because that’s what she does, her passionate voice bringing abundant personality.
  3. 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.
  4. Unexpected simply feels like a leap more than a step.
  5. 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.
  6. This is precisely what her old fans expect by now, and it's unlikely to reel in many new ones.
  7. Uncut
    60
    Stone's impeccable vocal ensures that her past glories thrive on this new frontier. [Mar 2010, p.96]
  8. Mojo
    60
    Structurally, melodically and harmonically some of the material is formulaic but the sublime quality of Stone's vocals - especially on shimmering ballads such as Maybe and Tell Me - save the day. [Feb 2010, p. 95]
  9. Q Magazine
    40
    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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