Joss Stone – Mind Body & Soul

I knew of her, but not much about her when I found this CD for $2. I had vague recollections of her singing with Mick Jagger but I don’t recall why. Anyway.

These are really great, soulful tunes. They’re very uplifting, often with backing singers and all, just like the old R&B and soul records used to be. Of course, they’re all run through a modern filter, because why not!, but I came away from listening to this CD with a smile on my face, happy to have heard it. This girl can SING.

There are lots of highlights, like the tune Spoiled (loved it), the Stevie Wonder-ish bassline of You Had Me, the soulful reggae beat of Less Is More, the… well, you get the idea. There was one sample that I found distracting because for the life of me I couldn’t place it. In the song Don’t Cha Wanna Ride there’s this earworm hook line and it turns out to be from a 1968 song called Soulful Strut by the Young-Holt Limited. I’d have lost that round of Jeopardy, but I knew the melody line easily.

This was a great CD. I’d play it again tomorrow. In fact, I just might.

 

UPDATE: The reason she was singing with Mick Jagger was in the group Superheavy, which included Stone, Jagger, A. R. Rahman, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), and Damian Marley. So now you know.

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Posted on December 5, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I owned this too. I don’t remember liking it as much as the other one. I think this thing was basically recorded live in studio. Raw talent right there!

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  2. This is great! See, ‘cos I liked this one better than the other! Raw talent indeed, this lady can SING!

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