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Joss Stone: The Soul Sessions
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This 16-year-old British singer debuts with a surpisingly accomplished album of old-school Soul with help from some Soul vets (Betty Wright, Latimore, Timmy Thomas, Little Beaver), and some modern-day hip hop and R&B luminaries (?uestlove of the Roots, Angie Stone) also contributing. The songs are mostly obscure '70s Soul covers (though there's also a bold re-working of the White Stripes) complemented by stripped-down '70s Soul production with some subtle modern touches. Putting them all across is a singer with an incredibly mature and distinctive voice who knows how to phrase like one of the greats. 10/15/2003 - Don Yates