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Black Diamond
     

Black Diamond

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by Angie Stone
 

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Like Lauryn Hill's tales of personal reclamation after one too many heartbreaks on her Grammy-winning debut, Angie Stone's smoky vocals find solace in proclaiming spiritual and emotional freedom from her own relationships gone sour. Still, Stone's Chaka Khan-esque tone is far from

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Like Lauryn Hill's tales of personal reclamation after one too many heartbreaks on her Grammy-winning debut, Angie Stone's smoky vocals find solace in proclaiming spiritual and emotional freedom from her own relationships gone sour. Still, Stone's Chaka Khan-esque tone is far from world-weary or bitter. Her words celebrate newfound independence and an "I told you so" comeuppance. "There's nothing in the world like freedom," the South Carolina native moans over moody keyboards on the intro to her solo debut, BLACK DIAMOND. The bulk of the songs here are hypnotic confessionals set to simmering, bass-driven soundbeds with lyrics that are as therapeutic for Stone as they are empowering for listeners. On the first single, "No More Rain (in this Cloud)," which samples Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Neither One Of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)," Stone sings of personal resolve over a meandering track and harp trills. D'Angelo, the father of her baby boy, lends his chill-out groove touch to "Everyday" and Lenny Kravitz booms the bass line on the funkafied "Green Grass Vapors." On "Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)," former A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad provides a rolling pasture of acoustic guitar and sumptuous bass that makes Stone's playfully vengeful lyrics feel like a warm summer night. It's proof that Stone can even turn the most painful recounts of lost loves into rapturous retro-soul.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Theresa E. LaVeck
A backup singer, an occasional producer, and once the leader of an all-girl singing group, Angie Stone presents an impressive fusion of classic soul, '80s funk, and '90s hip-hop in her solo debut, Black Diamond. Purposefully positive, the album chronicles Stone's journeys maintaining personal faith and loving relationships, resplendent with new takes on traditional soul sounds. Stone supports her songwriting and vocal talents with help from A-list musicians/writer/producers such as Lenny Kravitz and D'Angelo. The sophisticated mix is elevated by Stone's incredible voice. With a continuous easy groove, she never resorts to cheap vocal acrobatics to showcase her gifts. With nods to Roberta Flack and Chaka Khan and stylistic similarities to Lauryn Hill, Stone sings of the possibilities of love and life's challenges with "Life Story" and the beautiful standout single "No More Rain." When Stone reaches for a funkier, dirtier groove, the result is riveting. "Love Junkie" and "Man Loves His Money" are as sexy as any Prince song, with interesting guitar solos and funky basslines. And even when she's calling out dishonest lovers everywhere on "Bone 2 Pic" and "Just a Pimp," she makes it sound like the offenders should be ashamed for dissing such a sexy woman. Stone's sensual soul is a refreshing and much-needed alternative to silicone-coated R&B and cartoonish rap, and should satisfy fans of soul, R&B, rap, rock, and any other genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221909228
catalogNumber:
19092

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angie Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Juliet Roberts   Background Vocals
Gerry DeVeaux   Vocals,Background Vocals
Julie Roberts   Vocals
Stefanie Bolton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sekou Aiken   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tenita Dreher   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Producer
Gordon Chambers   Composer
Aaron Conner   Engineer
Cutfather   Producer
D'Angelo   Producer,Contributor
Tim Hunt   Engineer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Producer,Engineer
Rex Rideout   Programming,Producer
Craig Ross   Contributor
Ali Shaheed   Producer,Engineer
Angie Stone   Composer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Gerry DeVeaux   Executive Producer
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Aaron Connor   Engineer
Tim Donovan   Engineer
Joe Belmaati   Programming
Sheri G. Lee   Art Direction
Joe Quindy   Contributor
Phil Temple   Producer
Chalmers Alford   Contributor
Aaron Lyles   Engineer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Eli Lishinsky   Engineer
Iran   Contributor

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Black Diamond 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought it because I liked the cover I was happily surprised to hear that it was really good . She is similar to Gladys knight or Dionne Warwick in her style truly enjoyable kind of mellow not real upbeat but if your looking for that go dance
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reviewing no more rain I must say that it is one of the most heartfelt songs i have heard in some time.. It has a lot of the old R&B style with the soul only Angie could give it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angie Stone's first single 'No More Rain' is off the chain. It's lyrics help me to appreciate myself. The rest of the album is also off the hook.