Introducing Joss Stone [Deluxe Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Typically, artists dispense with introductions after their debut -- after all, that is an album designed to introduce them to the world -- but neo-soul singer Joss Stone defiantly titled her third album Introducing Joss Stone, thereby dismissing her first two relatively acclaimed albums with one smooth stroke. She now claims that those records were made under record-label pressure -- neatly contradicting the party line that her debut, The Soul Sessions, turned into a retro-soul project after Joss implored her label to ditch the Christina Aguilera-styled urban-pop she was pursuing -- but now as a young adult of 19, she's free to pursue her muse in her own fashion. All this is back-story to Introducing, but Stone makes her modern metamorphosis plain on the album's very first track, where football-star-turned-Hollywood-muscle Vinnie Jones talks about change ("I see change, I embody change, all we do is change, yeah, I know change, we're born to change" and so on and so forth), setting the stage for some surprise -- which "Girl They Won't Believe It" kind of delivers, if only because it isn't all that different from what Stone has done before. It's a sprightly slice of Northern soul propelled by a bouncy Motown beat that doesn't suggest a change in direction as much as a slight shift in aesthetic. Gone are the seasoned studio pros, in are a bevy of big-name producers all united in a mission to make Stone seem a little less like a '60s blue-eyed soul diva and a little more her age, a little more like a modern girl in 2007. So, 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 have been 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 Back to Basics Christina yet sounding very much like Texas at their prime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094638801320
  • Catalog Number: 88013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Change (0:35)
  2. 2 Girl They Won't Believe It (3:15)
  3. 3 Headturner (3:16)
  4. 4 Tell Me 'Bout It (2:49)
  5. 5 Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now (4:22)
  6. 6 Put Your Hands on Me (2:58)
  7. 7 Music (3:41)
  8. 8 Arms of My Baby (2:52)
  9. 9 Bad Habit (3:41)
  10. 10 Proper Nice (3:24)
  11. 11 Bruised But Not Broken (4:15)
  12. 12 Baby Baby Baby (4:35)
  13. 13 What Were We Thinking (4:24)
  14. 14 Music (3:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tell Me 'Bout It
  2. 2 Bonus Materials
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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
Pamela Gates Violin
Stanley Hunte Violin
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
Joi Gilliam Background Vocals
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
Kenneth Whalum Horn, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Ford Horn
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Viola
Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul Background Vocals
Priscilla Jones-Campbell Background Vocals
Robert Ozuna Percussion, Drums, Sitar, Turntables
The 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 Zeller Trombone, Horn
Richard Adkins Violin
Technical Credits
Otis Redding Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Benjamin F. Wright String Arrangements
Johnathan Shorten Composer
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Billy Mann Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Tony Reyes Composer
Sean Mosher-Smith Art Direction
Steve Greenwell Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Dave Larring Engineer
Joss Stone Composer, Executive Producer, Author, Art Direction
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford Composer
Jeremy Mackenzie Digital Editing
Bryan Barber Video Director
Michael Galardi Video Producer
Glenn Standridge Composer, Engineer
Robert Ozuna Composer
Lonnie Lynn Composer
Chuck Brungardt Engineer, Digital Editing
Justin Kessler Digital Editing
Jonathan Cohen "Meres" Contributor, Paintings
Joshua Lutz Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joss Stone does it again but some boring tracks.

    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!

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