Introducing Joss Stone

Introducing Joss Stone

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After two critically acclaimed albums and a Gap ad campaign, Joss Stone hardly needs an introduction. So perhaps Introducing Joss Stone is a re-introduction, now that the Brit soul siren has found her artistic identity -- here, she sounds less like a young woman channeling her older idols and more like an original idol in the making. Thanks to her

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After two critically acclaimed albums and a Gap ad campaign, Joss Stone hardly needs an introduction. So perhaps Introducing Joss Stone is a re-introduction, now that the Brit soul siren has found her artistic identity -- here, she sounds less like a young woman channeling her older idols and more like an original idol in the making. Thanks to her pitch-perfect collaboration with producer and singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq, Introducing has a sexy, '60s soul-meets-the Love Unlimited Orchestra vibe. And from the look of the inset photo of the psychedelic body-painted duo intertwined, they got along rather well. The disc opens with the jubilant, string-laden "Girl They Won't Believe It," but the album doesn't fully come alive until Track 7, the hip-hop-tinged "Music," although a guest appearance by the reclusive Lauryn Hill nearly outshines Stone's smoldering vocals. Amid Saadiq's rapturous soundscape of dizzying stings and percolating bass lines, the newly redheaded singer's powerhouse pipes are golden, notably on the Stevie Wonder-reminiscent "Arms of My Baby," the Donna Summer-esque "Bad Habit," and the doo-wop-and-gospel-inspired "What Were We Thinking." Full of mellifluous melodies and irresistible grooves, this is one meet-and-greet you don't want to miss.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Joss Stone defiantly titled her third album Introducing Joss Stone, dismissing her first two albums with one smooth stroke. Stone claims those records were made under record label pressure, but as a young adult of 19, she's free to pursue her muse in her own fashion. However, Introducing Joss Stone isn't radically different from what Stone has done before. The professional in-the-pocket grooves have been replaced by drum loops, the warm burnished sound has been ditched in favor of crisp, bright sonics, Harlan Howard covers are pushed aside for cameos by Common and Lauryn Hill. It's a cosmetic change that works: Introducing does sound brighter, fresher than her other two albums, pitched partway between Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera, yet sounding very much like Texas at their prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0094637626825
catalogNumber:
76268

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joss Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals
Keisha Jackson   Background Vocals
Sanford Allen   Violin
Duane Benjamin   Horn
Sandra Billingslea   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Joseph Bongiorno   Bass
Kevin Brandon   Bass
Ron Brown   Horn
Mark Cargill   Violin,Concert Master
Robert Chausow   Violin
Louis Colin   Harp
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Gayle Dixon   Violin
Reginald Dozier   Horn Engineer
Barry Finclair   Violin
Eileen Folson   Cello
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Stanley Hunte   Violin
Joi   Background Vocals
Ronald Lipscomb   Cello
Leon Maleson   Bass
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Robin Ross   Viola
Neil Symonette   Percussion
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Ida Bodin   Bass
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Benjamin F. Wright   Conductor
Richard Brice   Viola
Susan Chatman   Violin
Lesa Terry   Violin
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Alexander Vselensky   Violin
Lauryn Hill   Vocals
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Steve Baxter   Horn
Common   Vocals
Patrick Morgan   Viola
Lori Miller   Violin
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Anthony Coleman & Selfhaters   Trumpet,Horn
Lionel Holoman   Organ,Horn,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Khari Parker   Percussion,Drums
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Guitar
James Ford   Horn
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Viola
Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul   Background Vocals
Priscilla Jones-Campbell   Background Vocals
Robert Ozuna   Percussion,Drums,Sitar,Turntables
Benjamin Wright Orchestra   Track Performer
Jawara Adams   Trumpet
Jeffrey Clayton   Horn
Salvator Cracciolo   Horn
Matthew Frank   Horn
Charlie Happiness   Claves
Christopher Jenkins   Viola
Vinnie Jones   Voiceover
James Zellar   Trombone,Horn
Richard Adkins   Violin
Pam Gates   Violin
Kenneth Whalum   Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Johnathan Shorten   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Billy Mann   Composer
Tony Reyes   Composer
Sean Mosher-Smith   Art Direction
Steve Greenwell   Engineer
Dave Larring   Engineer
Joss Stone   Composer,Executive Producer,Author,Art Direction
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Composer
Glenn Standridge   Composer,Engineer
Robert Ozuna   Composer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Chuck Brungardt   Engineer
Jonathan Cohen "Meres"   Contributor,Paintings
Joshua Lutz   Paintings

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Introducing Joss Stone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is this mess? Joss has been kidnapped by a hip-hop band! Rap she don't need. Not a tune on the CD. Drum loops, vocal loops - the whole thing is loopy. What a waste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't agree with the reviews on this site. I love this cd. The Outro in my opinion is a waste of album space. But the rest I love.Music, Bruised But Not Broken, Arms of My Baby, and What Were We Thinking are my favorites. I am wearing this disk out and I can't wait to see her in concerrt on thurs. @ the Tabernacle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoever bought her previous CDs will not recognize this Josh Stone. Anyone who liked her previous style will not like this one. I hope her new fan base is enough for the ones she lost. A great disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both my teenage daughter and myself absolutely love this CD. You can't help but dance to the tracks and the whole CD just puts you in a good mood. One of the best CD's of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joss stone made a very good album. The first album The soul sessions from me gets a 3/5. The 2nd album mind, body, and soul gets a 4/5 from me. Now the 3rd album gets a 4/5 from me. Although there are some very boring songs. Like maybe 4. But that's it. Plus U know what would make U buy it even more there is a hidden track. Plus in the special edition you get a bonus DVD with the music video Tell me bout it and bonus material. I don't have the CD but I will get the special edition "CD/DVD" so I could enjoy the album and the DVD! Plus I disliked the title cuz if she's introducing herself she should make it her first album!
BooBooKittysexkitten More than 1 year ago
THIS LIL WHITE CHICK CAN SING HER A$$ OFF PEOPLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all the songs and would highly recommend.
Luvthewest More than 1 year ago
I was reading someone else's review on another artist (whose CD I loved) and they recommended this artist and album so loving music as I do, I picked it up as well. That was a great recommendation! Joss is lively and spirited and meaningful all wrapped up into one and that's just the lyrics! Her music moves you and is great listening. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
joss stone's voice is the best thing about this album. the songs are good, but she kicks a** the whole time, especially on tell me what we're gonna do now, music, arms of my baby...i've listened to this album for a week straight now. it really flows well. and i really like the vinnie jones :"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitive Joss Stone. This is her hottest album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joss Stone has been out for a while but is back with her new album "Introducing Joss Stone." This album was very well directed and written in outstandingly professional dialougue. I personal am in love with all of Joss Stone's music and her new album, but I feel she could have done a little better. Joss's album "Mind, Body, and Soul", was better because it was more emotionally driven and more relatable to everyone who listened to it. I didn't hear or really feel as much sadness in the tempo or in the beats this time around. But I still love the album and Joss is a wonderful individual. Joss wrote "Mind, Body, and Soul" when she was sixteen years old and feels like she didn't have as much control over that album in making it her own. In her new album, we really see and hear how she really feels and what she really wants. That's what keeps the listeners interested, when the artist makes the album their own. And Joss has done just that. Anything Joss does can be called perfection because everything she does is professional and personal. That's what the poeple love to hear. This album is a great album and it is deliciously colorful. Don't stop making music anytime soon Joss!
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