The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2

The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2

by Joss Stone


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Joss Stone launched her career by singing soul standards so when it came time for a reboot she went back to the beginning, dusting off the old blueprint for The Soul Sessions and following it to a T, right down to replicating its title and giving a contemporary alt-rock hit a soul makeover. First time around, the intent was to prove that teenage Joss had soul bona fides, but in 2012 the purpose of The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 is to signal how she's done messing around with fleeting fashions and is getting back down to the real business. Stone doesn't dig deep into the crates this time around, nor does she stick to deep soul; she chooses to mine hits from the early '70s, favoring songs by the Dells, the Chi-Lites, and Sylvia, giving these smooth tunes a bit of a polished Southern spin. And "professional" is the operative word here: this is the work of seasoned veterans who play with every note falling neatly into place, stretching just enough to show off their chops but never enough to alter the DNA of a song. The exception to the rule is, of course, "The High Road," a Broken Bells song refashioned to sound old, thereby occupying the same space as Joss' White Stripes "Fell in Love with a Boy" cover did on the first Soul Sessions. This is the song to prove that Stone isn't living in the past but rather she's seeing the future through a retro prism that turns everything into something that feels classic. That Stone remains a bit too theatrical a singer, overemphasizing every phrase, is almost besides the point, as she's a diva and is expected to sing with more gusto than the song requires just as long as the overall package feels right. And, for the most part, The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 does feel right: it has the form and sound of classic soul while never acknowledging that R&B continued to develop past, say, 1972. For an audience that agrees with that thesis, this is fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: S-Curve Records
UPC: 0807315210120
catalogNumber: 52101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joss Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
Delbert McClinton   Harmonica
Ernie Isley   Guitar
Latimore   Piano
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Finger Snapping
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Clayton Ivey   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Will McFarlane   Guitar
Hollie Farris   Trumpet
James Alexander   Bass
Jeff Watkins   Saxophone
Raymond Angry   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Pete Iannacone   Bass
Steve Bryant   Guitar
FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague   Performing Ensemble
Ray Angry   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Marko Ivanovic   Conductor
Tony Royster   Drums
Rita Chepurchenko   Concert Mistress

Technical Credits

Barbara Acklin   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Labi Siffre   Composer
Terry Callier   Composer
Linda Lewis   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Brian Nelson   Executive Producer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Larry Wade   Composer
Cecil Womack   Composer
Linda Womack   Composer
Steve Greenwell   Producer,Engineer
Joe Shamwell   Composer
Edyth Wayne   Composer
Michael Burton   Composer
James Mercer   Composer
Joss Stone   Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Burton   Composer
Steve Greenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
John Angier   String Arrangements
Rod Cousins   Art Direction
Nathan Kelly   Orchestration,String Arrangements
G.E.V. Zoeller   Original Paintings

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