Introducing Joss Stone
Label: Virgin Records
On her third effort, Stone says the sound of her album finally reflects her musical vision -- hence the title Introducing Joss Stone. Not that you'd really notice. Sure, producer Raphael Saadiq has laid down some funky, downright contemporary-sounding beats, but like her other two albums, it's how effortlessly the soul flows from this nineteen-year-old -- and how easy and joyful she makes it all sound -- that you notice. With envy. The first single, "Tell Me 'Bout It" could be Aretha's "Rock Steady" for a new generation, and you can't get a better compliment than that.