CD Review: Joss Stone

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 (Stone'd/S-Curve)

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Joss Stone was only 15 when she recorded her first album The Soul Sessions, a collection of R&B covers that were originally released years before she was born. After a decade of self-penned songs and a stint with Mick Jagger's not-so-super supergroup SuperHeavy, Stone returns to the all-covers format on her sixth album, a sequel to her breakthrough debut. And like the 2003 record, The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 steers clear of the usual karaoke hits and mines more obscure R&B nuggets, like the Chi-Lites' "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People," the Dells' "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)," and Sylvia's "Pillow Talk." Stone has grown into her voice over the past 10 years, so she gives these songs plenty of sweaty, sexy growl. They're no replacements for the originals, of course, but they sure beat the usual American Idol recycling.

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