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.


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!


  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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