The Soul Sessions, Volume 2: Joss Stoneâ€™s Take on Classic Soul Hits
Joss Stone started out as an aspiring soul singer. Idolizing Aretha Franklin at a young age, she took notes from the iconic singer that helped her come up with her own style of singing. At the tender age of 15, Joss bagged her first deal with S-Curve Records. This led to the release of her debut album, The Soul Sessions. Released back in 2003. Stoneâ€™s first record catapulted her into the mainstream. With 11 million record sales and multiple awards under her belt, Stone decided to set up her own recording company called Stoneâ€™d Records in 2010.
Two years later, she collaborated with former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart on a two-day tour called â€œMore Loveâ€. The last leg of said tour was held at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Palm Springs, California. The venue was hailed by casino fans including those from partycasino.com as one of the best providers of blackjack, baccarat games and now an all-purpose entertainment venue. Almost 10 years into the business, Joss Stone decided to return to her roots by joining forces with her former label S-Curve Records to produce what will be her greatest album to date. The Soul Sessions, Volume 2 debuted last July 29, 2012 and according to Joss herself, she produced this record to pay homage to all of the artists who influenced her throughout her career. Despite the fact that many artists released cover albums that unfortunately didnâ€™t meet commercial success, Stone did not let this stop her.
The Soul Sessions, Volume 2 contained 11 tracks that were dominated by Jossâ€™ signature powerful vocals. She rendered songs that were not given the respect that they deserved in the past. The first song on the album entitled â€œI Got The…â€ which was originally sung by British poet Labi Siffre gave listeners a preview of what to expect from Stone in the entire record. Her rendition was funky yet the song still retained its relaxing vibe. One of the standouts from Volume 2 is Honey Coneâ€™s â€œWhile Youâ€™re Out Looking for Sugarâ€, where she showcased her impressive vocal range. Although this track might give oneâ€™s diaphragm a full workout, Stone on the other hand effortlessly ran through the song without much ado.
Another critic-favorite from the album is her take on Sylvia Robinsonâ€™s â€œPillow Talkâ€. Stone retained the sultry vibe of the song, but she forgone Robinsonâ€™s whisper-filled singing. Instead, Joss simply simmered her vocals down. This track was a relaxing break from all the energetic numbers from the album. American soul singer Eddie Floydâ€™s â€œI Donâ€™t Wanna Be with Nobody But Youâ€ fitted Stoneâ€™s voice like a glove. In her element, Joss gave it an emotional interpretation that almost sounded tearful. On the other hand, she slowed down the tempo of Womack in the hit song â€œTeardropsâ€.
Joss Stoneâ€™s transformation into a formidable soul songstress throughout the years and The Soul Sessions, Volume 2 proved that she still has something new to bring to the listeners.