Joss Stone: LP1

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Joss Stone is back.

I don’t know where she went, but she’s back with a new album to save us from the meat dress invasion we’ve all been subjected to.  

LP1 isn’t mainstream stuff, but none of Stone’s music really is, and that’s what’s so great about her—she throws away the figurative book and does her own thing, playing what she wants to play– and that’s soul.

Throughout the years, Stone has remained consistent, using her sultry growl to captivate her listeners, such as on her Grammy-nominated version of “I’ve Put a Spell on You” featuring Jeff Beck. The natural grit in her voice makes what she’s singing believable. In “Don’t Start Lying to Me Now,” she sings “You can tell me your bullshit all night/I can see you, and you can’t fool me.” But she doesn’t just sing it. She sings it with authority and frankly, I would not want to be the person she’s singing to here.

That type of authenticity is what separates Stone from everyone else. She makes you believe what she’s singing, whether it’s a strong, loud, assertive performance like “Newborn,” or when she shows her softer, more vulnerable side, such as in “Drive All Night.” In the latter, she sings “No one’s ever drove for miles to make me smile before,”…and I believed it.

Stone has proven time and time again that she’s a powerhouse, and what’s great about LP1 is that while we still get to see that loud, proud Joss Stone that we’re all used to, we also see a more intimate side of Stone than what we’re used to, through the use of her lower register, which listeners will enjoy.

While LP1 is, without a doubt, a soul album, it’s still diverse enough for everyone to take something from. She has the heartfelt ballad in “Last One To Know,” the fun rock/pop jam in “Somehow,” and the random “what the hell is this doing here” bluesy-ness of “Landlord.” There’s something for everybody.

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