Mind Body & Soul

Mind Body & Soul

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by Joss Stone
     
 

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Joss Stone, the British teen with a voice straight out of Memphis circa 1973, has big shoes to fill - her own. Stone's debut, an all-covers set conceived as a side-project to Mind Body & Soul, was a surprise smash, thanks to her beyond-credible vocalizing and the enthusiastic support of soul veterans -- including her mentor, Betty Wright.See more details below

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Joss Stone, the British teen with a voice straight out of Memphis circa 1973, has big shoes to fill - her own. Stone's debut, an all-covers set conceived as a side-project to Mind Body & Soul, was a surprise smash, thanks to her beyond-credible vocalizing and the enthusiastic support of soul veterans -- including her mentor, Betty Wright. Somehow, the then-15 year old got to the meat of songs such as "The Choking Kind" and "All the King's Horses," crafting a retro set that went deeper than shag-carpet and naugahyde. Mind Body & Soul is a fine follow-up, powered by Stone's indelible, Dusty Springfield-inspired vocals. On tracks such as "Torn and Tattered" - where even her ad-libs feel essential -- you can hear the increasing maturity of her delivery. Wright and much of the same crew behind The Soul Sessions return to swaddle this golden child in plush grooves; Salaam Remi and Lamont Dozier help with production and write a few songs. That leaves Stone to handle the bulk of the songwriting, and that's the only chink in this supremely crafted effort. While there's much to be said for the honesty and passion that teens feel - the euphoria of first love and the lows of first heartbreak and betrayal - Stone's writing doesn't flow as naturally as her voice. While nothing's embarrassing (the worst clunker: "I keep our song / On repeat / On my I-pod / Even when I sleep"); there's nothing revelatory, either. But the deliciousness of Stone's voice and the guileless way in which she shares it with the world make it easy to overlook her inexperience. Sometimes it's the singer, not the song.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the cover of her debut, The Soul Sessions, Joss Stone's face is obscured by a vintage microphone, a deliberate move that emphasized the retro-soul vibe of the LP while hiding the youthful face that would have given away that Stone was a mere 16 years old at the time of the album's release. The point was to put the music before the image and it worked, selling the album to an older audience that might have stayed away, thinking that the teenager sang teen pop. If the debut was designed to give Stone credibility, her second album, Mind, Body & Soul, delivered almost exactly a year after its predecessor, is designed to make her a superstar, broadening her appeal without losing sight of the smooth, funky, stylish soul at the core of her sound. There's no radical revision here -- she still works with many of the same musicians she did on The Soul Sessions, including Betty Wright and Little Beaver -- but there are some subtle shifts in tone scattered throughout the record. Certain songs are a little brighter and a little more radio-ready than before, there's a more pronounced hip-hop vibe to some beats, and she sounds a little more like a diva this time around -- not enough to alienate older fans, but enough to win some new ones. The album has a seductive, sultry feel; there's some genuine grit to the rhythms, yet it's all wrapped up in a production that's smooth as silk. By and large, the songs are good, too, sturdily written and hooky, growing in stature with each play. While Stone has developed a tendency to over-sing ever so slightly -- she doesn't grandstand like the post-Mariah divas, but she'll fit more notes than necessary into the simplest phrases -- she nevertheless possesses a rich, resonant voice that's a joy to hear. She may not yet have the set of skills, or the experience, to give a nuanced, textured performance -- one that feels truly lived-in, not just sung -- but she's a compelling singer and Mind, Body & Soul lives up to her promise.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724386620323
catalogNumber:
866203
Rank:
78476

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joss Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cindy Blackman   Drums
Bruce Purse   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Timmy Thomas   Organ,Hammond Organ
Jack Daley   Bass
Van Gibbs   Guitar
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Guitar
Jonathan Joseph   Drums
Benny Latimore   Piano,Wurlitzer
Mike Mangini   Bass,Keyboards
Angelo Morris   Bass,Guitar,fender rhodes
Sandra Park   Violin
Salaam Remi   Organ,Bass,Strings,Wurlitzer
Margaret Reynolds   Background Vocals
William Scott   Background Vocals
Laura Seaton   Violin
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Angie Stone   fender rhodes
Jeanette Wright   Background Vocals
Teodross Avery   Saxophone
Johnathan Shorten   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Nir Zidkiyahu   Percussion
Kenneth Mirkin   Viola
Bombshell   Background Vocals
Commissioner Gordon   Percussion
Alan Weekes   Electric Guitar
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Carole Cook   Viola
Conner Reeves   Background Vocals
Steve Greenwell   Bass
Ruby Baker   Background Vocals
Jenni Fujita   Background Vocals
Eileen Moon   Cello
Dave Smith   French Horn
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Raymond Angry   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
Daniel Panner   Viola
Delroy "Chris" Cooper   Bass
Phil Myers   French Horn
Pete Iannacone   Bass
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Ignacio Nunez   Percussion
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Liza Lim   Violin
Tracey Moore   Background Vocals
Stafford Hunter   Trombone
Dawn Hannay   Viola
Sarah Kim   Violin
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
Brian Chen   Viola
Willburn "Squidley" Cole   Drums
Matt Milewsky   Violin
Astor "Crusty" Campbell   Drums
Clovette Danzy   Background Vocals
Tanya Darby   Trumpet
David "Jody" Hill   Drums
Ellison Kendrick   Background Vocals
Tom Carney Myung Hi Kim   Violin
Krzysztof Kuznik   Violin
Betty Lattimore   Piano
Jeanne LeBlan   Cello
Pat Milando   French Horn
A.J. Nilo   Guitar
Veronica Sanchez   Background Vocals
Carl Vandenbosche   Percussion
Mercedes Martinez   Background Vocals
Soohyun Kwon   Violin
Jessica Lee   Violin

Technical Credits

Betty Wright   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Eugene Record   Composer
Thom Bell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Mike Mangini   Programming,Producer
C.P. Reeves   Composer
William Sanders   Composer
P. Seymour   Composer
Johnathan Shorten   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Gary Noble   Engineer
B.J. Wright   Composer
Commissioner Gordon   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
David Gorman   Art Direction
Conner Reeves   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Boilerhouse Boys   Producer
Steve Greenwell   Programming,Engineer
John R. Angier   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jamie Siegel   Engineer
Steven Greenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
Joss Stone   Composer,Liner Notes
Aleeta Mayo   Art Direction
Steve Greenberg   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
D. Pierre   Composer
C. Richardson   Composer
D. Child   Composer

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