Art of Love & War

The Art of Love & War

5.0 4
by Angie Stone
     
 

As the first signing to the new Stax Records, reactivated after 30 years by its current owner, Concord Music Group, Angie Stone joins soul legend Isaac Hayes at the top of the roster, which puts the talented singer and songwriter in league with Stax stars Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, and others.  See more details below

Overview

As the first signing to the new Stax Records, reactivated after 30 years by its current owner, Concord Music Group, Angie Stone joins soul legend Isaac Hayes at the top of the roster, which puts the talented singer and songwriter in league with Stax stars Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, and others.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The re-launched Stax label is an appropriate home for neo-soulster Angie Stone. Her 2007 album The Art of Love & War nods to classic styles, blending funk, soul, balladry, and R&B in one tasty package. The appearance of soul great Betty Wright on the album highlight "Baby" only strengthens the retro vibe. Yet The Art of Love & War is contemporary through and through. Shimmering with a modern, digital production sheen, the album is clearly steeped in urban contemporary R&B, more lush and languid than stripped down and raw. Stone is no mere puppet of the past (and apparently neither is the revamped Stax): her voice, delivery, and feel are all her own, whether on butter-smooth love songs ("Make It Last") or hard-swinging groovers ("Play wit It").
New York Times - Jon Pareles
The album is filled with lush, suavely undulating ballads that have Ms. Stone cooing quietly and intimately. "Making our way like Marvin Gaye," she sings in "Sit Down," one of three sultry invitations tucked in near the end of the album.
Billboard - Gary Graff
Stone remains impressive as a vocalist, an old-school soul with an understated delivery that's more hushed than histrionic.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0888072301467
catalogNumber:
30146
Rank:
86330

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angie Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Betty Wright   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Alex Al   Bass Guitar
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Portia Griffin   Background Vocals
Jon Nettlesbey   Synthesizer Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Strings,Keyboards,Bells,Synthesizer Strings
Rex Rideout   fender rhodes
Dino Soldo   Harmonica
Michael Butler   Guitar
Chino   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Juanita Wynn   Background Vocals
Pauletta Washington   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Rayfield "Ray Ray" Holloman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Harold "Hal" Smith   Guitar
Shamora Crawford   Background Vocals
Adam Blackstone   Bass Guitar
Diamond Stone   Background Vocals
Demialma M. Herrera   Vocals,Children's Chorus
Kendall A. Lane   Vocals,Children's Chorus
Sydney D. Lane   Vocals,Children's Chorus
Kendall A. Rideout   Vocals,Children's Chorus
Thomas Seabrooks   Background Vocals
Tianna Vallen   Background Vocals
Ronnie Van   Guitar
Xitlali M. Villalobos   Vocals,Children's Chorus
Jair L. Wright   Vocals,Children's Chorus
John Nettlesbey   Synthesizer
Erick Walls   Guitar
Carlos McCullers   Vocals
Dee Dee Davis   Vocals
Mike Marchand   Vocals
Ray Holloman   Guitar
Malissa Rodriguez   Vocals
Michael Butler   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   String Arrangements
Victor Flores   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jon Nettlesbey   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Angie Stone   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Ervin Pope   Instrumentation
Jack Nelson   Management
Mike McClain   Programming
Collin Stanback   Executive Producer
Shamora Crawford   Vocal Arrangements
Jonathan D. Richmond   Producer,Instrumentation
DeMonica Plummer   Sample Clearance
Elijah Harris   Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Hutch   Producer
Ayiko Broyard   Management
Co T   Producer,Audio Production
DOA   Engineer,Instrumentation
Dris   Producer,Audio Production
Elijah "Vato" Harris   Audio Production
5 Star   Producer,Audio Production
Jonahthan Richmond   Audio Production
Mike McClain   Programming
Designated Hitters   Audio Production
EP   Audio Production
Sal "Lazyboi" Asad   Engineer,Instrumentation

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Art of Love & War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Angie Stone's best works if not the best. She takes this CD to a whole different level. For a long time I only considered Sade to put out smooth music, but Angie's got my vote.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sister has done it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just based on listening to the short snipets of the songs I am rushing to the store to get this! Angie has done it again! After a long hiatus she has savored her time off to prepare us for another outstanding cd. This is a must buy for the Angie Stone fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago