And now for something completely different.

Soul-funk-pop with an edge…Joss Stone’s new CD is coming, and the gritty-voiced 19-year-old is back with the same edge, and a new look (which I don’t think she really needed, but at least she’s not straddling chairs in her underwear yet). AOL Music is streaming four of her singles; I highly recommend them. This is how to do pop music with bite, follks; no fluff, no whispery breathy bullshit, no obvious synthing to cover up less-than-stellar vocals. “Tell Me About It” evokes James Brown-esque backing and features Joss’s signature pleading emotion; “Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now” is a bit more commercial and formulaic. Little snippets of “Music,” a collaboration with Lauryn Hill, and the Jackson Five-ish “Baby, Baby, Baby” are also available.

You know why I love Joss so much? Because she’s fearless. Sure, she’s beautiful and young and doesn’t mind playing it up, but she’s not afraid to “get ugly,” either. Her smoky, scratchy alto isn’t afraid to explore the full gamut of her emotions, either–it begs, pleads, wails, screams, belts, whispers, pouts and purrs. Joss knows that music and vocals are about more than standing there and looking pretty, or executing carefully calculated melisma. It’s about power and passion, and she’s got it.


1 Response to “And now for something completely different.”

  1. 1 MysteryMan January 26, 2007 at 7:05 am

    Her music is just the same,and the new look is a mess.
    what ppl need to do is check out thee blatent rip off with her song
    TELL ME WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO NOW with Common…now listen to where she ripped it off from

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