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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Reggae soul sister Joss Stone has given us the perfect music for a chilled out Summer with her latest full length release, which is her 7th. The result is nearly 65 minutes spread out over 14 tracks. I've played this some 20 times over the past 10 days and find myself completely overtaken by the hazy, lazy, soundtrack provided by Joss and her fellow musicians who provide some infectious groves that grab you and don't let go.
Damien Marley is reunited with Stone on many of these tunes and he adds some strong back-up to the heady mix. The release opens with the strong tune, "Love Me", which both Joss and Damien wrote together. The songs only get better as you move forward. My favorite track is "Harry's World" strongly declares, "A friend in need is a friend indeed, but a friend with weed is better, If you wanna get high, Bring your own supply, I didn't know you was a joka smoka".
The last track is "The Answer", which declares "Find your strength, Fight for peace, No war in our streets, Let Love win, just give in, Goodness is bright, so you can see". Overall, I haven't heard such a consistent positive recording that delivers both a strong, positive message, backed by some excellent and diverse instrumentation, for quite some time. When I put this on, I immediately let the music flow over me, sweep me away, and move my feet until the music stops.
Considering the diverse mix of musical styles, varied instruments and sonic landscapes all blending in to provide a melting pot of sounds, the production on this release blends in quite well.
I've got my Summer soundtrack now and I shall let it wash over me. Most Highly Recommended!
I love this album! I love it. I listen to it with my headphones on my iPhone when I go for long walks in the neighborhood, and I've been listening to the CD in my car. I love the syncopated rhythms, her voice, the complexity of the melodies, the minor key, the reggae mixed in with other genres of music. I can't wait for her new album to come out in November! I had no previous experience with this singer before that. A few good songs by Joss but way too many are reggae types and sound exactly the same to me.
She's been compared to Dusty Springfield and while she is talented, Joss is no Dusty Springfield, far from it. The good songs are very well mixed and she has her own talent for sure but don't expect her to sound like Dusty. I wish the other material was as good as Let Me Breathe but except for one or two other cuts, I didn't care too much for this album overall. One person found this helpful. While this isn't my favorite album from Ms Stone I have come to love everything about her voice and choice of music she uses as a vehicle for it.
This is a good album to sit out at the beach or park in the summertime and people watch. It is also fine for a night at home.
Reggae island style cadence vocal and beats seems to be a predominate feel and lends the summertime vibe to this album. As always Ms Stone's voice is top notch. Diverse enough in song style choice some new, some tried and true keep this from being "another album from an Artist that doesn't change".
Which is something I have come to appreciate from JS. Joss Stone definitely watered my soul on this incredible album. Vocally she is superior to other singers but the musicality on this album really brings the feeling of rejuvenation, renewal and rebirth to the surface. By going through her own tough times, Joss helps her listeners go through their lives, feeling a little less alone than before listening.
Thanks Joss! Love these songs and another great album from Joss.
I cannot wait for the next one. A thoroughly enjoyable album.
Songs that at first listen sound mostly the same become individually distinguished pieces of musical and lyrical art that will keep you listening to the complete album again and again. Thanks Joss and band for the 'water' See all customer reviews.
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