- "The Soul Sessions"
By Linda Spielman
HOLY VOICE BATMAN!!!!! That's all there
is to say about Joss Stone. If you were passing a radio or TV and heard
her sing, you would never imagine "that" voice coming out of a 16 year-old,
white English girl. Comparisons are flying around to the likes of Angie
Stone (now relation) and Aretha Franklin.
Although Stone's first release is a cover
compilation, she shows amazing strength at becoming a force to be dealt
with in the near future. In a world filled with so much Hip Hop and Pop
music right now (which is great), it is refreshing to hear some serious
old school soul. Having the a fresh face like Stone to expose the younger
masses to a genre of music such as soulful, jazz infusion music can only
heighten the appreciation of music as a whole.
She has chosen to cover some lesser renowned
artist such as Laura Lee & Joe Simon on the CD. However, don't be fooled
by all the classic tracks on the CD. The White Stripes song "Fell In Love
With A Boy" also turns up on the CD.
Those who grew up on classic soul music,
may have a hard time adjusting to Stone's CD. Just like any classic form
of music, when someone comes in and tries to revamp something great for
a new era there are bound to be critics. That is fine and in a way they
are absolutely correct. Stone's freshman effort is beyond impressive. And
maybe the risk of bringing soul into a new generation with new material
was too much of a risk for a first time effort. If Stone's development
as an artist can break through with original material in the future. She
will become the winner all the way around. She will have shown she can
do her own material, bring news fans to a genre of music that is timeless
and win over the old fans of soul also.
This CD is an amazing listen.
- "The Soul Sessions"
Chokin' Kind, The
Super Duper Love
Fell In Love With A Boy
Victim Of A Foolish Heart
Some Kind Of Wonderful
I've Fallen In Love With You
I Had A Dream
All The Kings Horses
For The Love Of You (Parts 1 & 2)
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