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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Album Review - Joss Stone: The Soul Sessions Vol. 2

When The Soul Session first was released 10 years ago it sold over 5 millions copies and made Joss Stone and instant star winning her various Grammy and Brit awards. Once again teaming up with the label that first signed her, S- Curve Records, she is back with The Soul Sessions Volume 2 which will be released on July 27. 

But does it measure up as the original or fall slightly flat like her last album?

Opening with I Got The… it sets the scene for the rest of the album full of powerful, comforting, slow burning soul covers, that we first loved about Stone in Sessions 1 and which her previously offerings have not fully delivered. Then bursting into (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People which was originally sung by American soul group The Chi-Lites back in 1971, the new version gives you comfort that Stone is back in her groove and gets you jamming along in no time.

The album continues from strength to strength with soul gem after gem, including first single to released While You Are Out Looking For Sugar originally recorded by The Honey Cone which showcases Stones stunning vocal ability, poise and passion for soul music. 
Reuniting with producer Steve Greenberg she's produced an album of great strong covers and show a matured vocal ability of Stone, as she knocks out tracks by Dorothy Moore, The Dells and Teardrops by Womack & Womack that was also covered back in 1993 by Elton John & K.D. Lang. 

Then you have current single The High Road, which is a stone-cold soul makeover of Broken Bells’ cult hit which is just beautiful reconstructed version of the original and stones power vocals.

It’s a grand return for Joss Stone, with an album of perfect soul covers, produced brilliantly and sung beautifully. If you loved the first session of soul, then you’ll just love the second. 

Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions Volume 2 is out next Monday. 
Order your copy on iTunes now. Check out this full album sampler below..!

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