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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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" - ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724386620323
  • Catalog Number: 866203
  • Sales rank: 137,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Right to Be Wrong (4:40)
  2. 2 Jet Lag (4:00)
  3. 3 You Had Me (3:59)
  4. 4 Spoiled (4:03)
  5. 5 Don't Cha Wanna Ride (3:31)
  6. 6 Less Is More (4:17)
  7. 7 Security (4:30)
  8. 8 Young at Heart (4:10)
  9. 9 Snakes and Ladders (3:35)
  10. 10 Understand (3:46)
  11. 11 Don't Know How (4:01)
  12. 12 Torn and Tattered (3:58)
  13. 13 Killing Time (5:11)
  14. 14 Sleep Like a Child (15:27)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] (2:46)
  16. 16 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joss Stone Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
The 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Rich voice

    I enjoyed Joss's voice on the new David Sanborn CD, and I wanted to here more.
    I listened to her CD at the demo station, and enjoyed the the selections for this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!

    From a new Joss Stone fan...LOVE IT! I bought this on a whim, and am hooked. I never expected to like it as much as I do, let alone find myself checking on her concert dates! Each song is unique and powerful in it's own way. It is refreshing to see an artist who is truly doing her own thing, and not copying what everyone else is doing. I'm convinced that is what has disappointed the other reviewers on here who have chosen to rate her CD low. She has her own style, not sounding like any others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    When I first heard of Joss Stone I read how Tom Cruise was a huge fan of hers. I can see why. This was the first cd i bought of hers and i think it is amazing. The only thing is that I wish she would really use her voice instead of just whispering half the time. She needs to use her gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing.

    Yes, she has an amazing voice. Yes, she has incredible stage presence. Yes, she could do amazing things. Is this one of them? NO. I'm sorry, but for a girl as soulful as Joss Stone, she sounds like she's trying to be a pop queen. Disappointing compared to her first CD, where one assumes her music will be similar to that she sings on the album. Here, it's trying to hard and doesn't work. None of the songs really touch you. Not worth it. Wait for something better to come along from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could have been better

    New to Joss. I heard she has a great voice, but where is it on this cd? SOME of the songs have a good beat, but dumb lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved most of it

    i had high expectations for this cd when i bought it. the one song i really liked was you had me, because it had a great beat and was easy to dance to. the rest of the songs were a little quiet for me. she has such an amazing voice, which makes up for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very good cd

    this is very good cd,just like her first one.my favorites are spoiled,dont cha wanna ride,jet lag,you had me,and killing time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As much as I hate to say it

    I must be honest. I liked The Soul Sessions, in fact it's hardly ever been in it's cover. I have the CD in my car at all times. However, this CD is weak. Joss has a great voice no doubt about that, but the songs don't carry any weight. I'm finding it difficult to find one standout track. Better luck next time, Joss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE FOLLOW UP CD !!!!!!!

    Joss Stone is amazing in her follow up CD. Her voice flows flawlessly on each track. Her voice is as smooth as silk as it coincides with the music throughout this CD. The music production is brilliant. A very strong CD that sounds like everyone involved took their time putting this very good work together. When you hear the FULL tracks "Spoiled", "Security", and "Right to be Wrong" you will become as much of a fan of this CD as any fan of good music.

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