Joss Stone's fifth album is a sequel to her debut – another tribute to the tunes that shaped her, plus a few modern favourites.
While she can belt it with the best of them, this time it's done with the finesse and confidence that come with experience.
Her choices range from the straightforward stomp of While You're Out Looking For Sugar to the psychedelic soul-rock of Broken Bells' The High Road and Labi Siffre's I Got The . . ., where tough soul-funk embraces an organ blowing sinuous bubbles.
Stone shows how far she's come with a slow-burning Teardrops and heart-wrenching versions of Eddie Floyd's I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You and the doo-wop classic Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, but she's guilty of overcooking the occasional moment, such as the Dells' The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind).
Best tracks: I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You, Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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