Stone Love

Stone Love

by Angie Stone
     
 

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With her third disc, Stone Love, underrated soul singer Angie Stone may finally get her due. Stone's raspy pipes recall those of Gladys Knight, whom she sampled on the breakout hit "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" from her solo debut, Black Diamond. This time around, Stone -- who began herSee more details below

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With her third disc, Stone Love, underrated soul singer Angie Stone may finally get her due. Stone's raspy pipes recall those of Gladys Knight, whom she sampled on the breakout hit "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" from her solo debut, Black Diamond. This time around, Stone -- who began her career with the female rap trio the Sequence and later fronted the smooth-jazz group Vertical Hold -- scores with the up-tempo single, "I Wanna Thank Ya," featuring rapper Snoop Dogg. Other highlights include "Stay for a While," a perfectly harmonized ballad with crooner Anthony Hamilton; the Michael Jackson–inspired "Lovers' Ghetto"; and the sassy sister anthem "That Kind of Love," featuring "Clean Up Woman" Betty Wright. Although Stone, who's worked with rocker Lenny Kravitz and neo-soul star D'Angelo (with whom she has a son), doesn't break much new ground, Stone Love is a solid, classic R&B–inspired effort.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
With the success of her previous hit single, "Wish I Didn't Miss You," Angie Stone went from being trapped in a pack of neo-soul divas going straight to the bargain bin to being one of the first singers off the tip of the tongue when the word "neo-soul" was uttered. After nearly a two-year absence, Stone Love pleasantly picks up where Mahogany Soul left off, presenting a wiser, more even-keel Stone putting her best foot forward right from the album's onset. The useless guest appearance of the tired Snoop Dogg and his "izzle" façade does very little to improve the quality of the lead single, "I Wanna Thank Ya" -- if anything, it detracts from the song's overall atmosphere with constant interruptions that do nothing but serve as reminders that the Dogg is not having one of his better days (check out the version at the end without Snoop's rap for a contrast). That said, guest appearances by Floetry and Betty Wright help Stone Love pick up steam, and an exceptional performance by Anthony Hamilton on "Stay for a While" invokes muses present during the recording of D'Angelo's Voodoo and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions. The production crew is the most solid it's ever been on any of her records and the choice of sampling is premium (check the knockout sample of Dynasty's "Adventures in the Land of Music" used in "Lovers' Ghetto") but kept at a minimum, a tribute to the inventiveness of Stone and company behind the mixing console. And while there's no barnburning anthem of the type that fueled Mahogany Soul's longevity and despite some totally unnecessary interludes, this is her most focused and accomplished full-length to date. A delightful album for a summer day, and (save for the Snoop cameo) an enjoyable listen from start to finish.
Vibe
On her third album, neo-soul veteran Angie Stone delivers the infectious brand of music for which she's known. Taisha Rucker
Billboard - Gail Mitchell
Whether discoursing on love or heartbreak, the singer/songwriter/musician never leaves an emotional stone unturned.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974873228
catalogNumber:
748732
Rank:
72351

Tracks

  1. Stoned Love (Intro)  - Angie Stone
  2. I Wanna Thank Ya  - Angie Stone
  3. My Man  -  Floetry
  4. U-Haul  - Angie Stone
  5. Stay for a While  - Anthony Hamilton
  6. Lovers' Ghetto  - Angie Stone
  7. Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That... (Interlude)  - Angie Stone
  8. You're Gonna Get It  - Diamond Stone
  9. Come Home (Live With Me)  - Angie Stone
  10. You Don't Love Me  - Angie Stone
  11. Remy Red  - Angie Stone
  12. That Kind of Love  - Angie Stone
  13. Touch It (Interlude)  - Angie Stone
  14. Cinderella Ballin'  - Angie Stone
  15. Karma  - Angie Stone
  16. Wherever You Are (Outro)  - Angie Stone
  17. I Wanna Thank Ya  - Angie Stone

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angie Stone   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Jo Ann Campbell   Background Vocals
Khadejia Bass   Background Vocals
Tweet   Background Vocals
Steve Bethany   Guitar
Stefanie Bolton   Background Vocals
Missy Elliott   Background Vocals
Jazze Pha   Vocal Ad-Libs
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Keyboards
Crystal Johnson   Background Vocals
Juanita Wynn   Background Vocals
Harold Lilly   Background Vocals
Jamal Peoples   fender rhodes
Eric Walls   Guitar
Jonathan D. Richmond   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jamel "Melekeyz" Oliver   Keyboards
Tamara Savage   Background Vocals
Diamond Stone   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

André Previn   Composer
Joyce Sims   Composer
Kevin Spencer   Composer
Phalon Alexander   Composer
Louis Alfred   Engineer
Jerry Barnes   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
DeBarge   Composer
William "Poogie" Hart   Composer
Eddie Krakaur   Engineer
Herb Powers   Mastering
Richard Randolph   Composer
John Jubu Smith   Producer,Instrumentation
Angie Stone   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Elai Tubo   Engineer
Craig Brockman   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ken Thomas   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Anthony Hamilton   Composer
Missy Elliott   Composer,Producer
Jazze Pha   Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Producer,Engineer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Baby Paul   drum programming
Alli   Art Direction
Tim Donovan   Engineer
Daniel Wierup   Engineer
Sherrod Barnes   Composer,Producer
Crystal Johnson   Composer
Rufus Blaq   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Courtney Terry   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Juanita Wynn   Composer
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Rufus Moore   Composer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design
Warryn Campbell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Nisan Stewart   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Arnold Wolfe   Engineer
John Hanes   Digital Editing
Keith Horne   Composer
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
Harold Lilly   Composer,Producer
Natalie Stewart   Composer
Carlos Bedoya   Engineer
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Jonathan D. Richmond   Composer,Producer
Chris LeBeau   Artwork
Ricky "Freeze" Smith   Composer
Yutaka Kawana   Engineer
Jon Rych   Instrumentation
Tamara Savage   Composer
Supa Ugly K Love   Programming,Producer
David "D-Lo" Lopez   Engineer
Paul Williams   Composer
Joi Campbell   Composer
Keli Price   Composer
Walter Millsap   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation

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