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Colour Me Free [CD]

Joss Stone Audio CD
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Joss Stone has been obsessed with soul music since she was a little girl. By the time she was in her early teens she had begun to intuitively hone her now trademark gravelly-but-lustrous vocals by singing along to Aretha’s Franklin’s Greatest Hits. She began pursuing a singing career at thirteen, securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul ... Read more in Amazon's Joss Stone Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002QR5XN4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Free Me 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Could Have Been You 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Parallel Lines (Feat. Jeff Beck And Sheila E.) [Explicit] 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lady 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 4 And 20 [Explicit] 5:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Big 'Ol Game (Featuring Raphael Saadiq) [Explicit] 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Governmentalist (Feat. Nas) [Explicit] 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Incredible 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Got The Love 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Believe It To My Soul (Feat. David Sanborn) [Explicit] 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stalemate (With Jamie Hartman) [Explicit] 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Girlfriend On Demand 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mr. Wankerman [Explicit]13:442.49  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It’s easy to forget that Joss Stone is still only 22 years old. This is her fourth album, and given all of her achievements to date – debut album The Soul Sessions is certified triple platinum in the UK, and its follow-up Mind, Body & Soul topped the domestic album chart – one can be forgiven for assuming the singer’s been enjoying legal drinking rights stateside for rather longer than she has. Colour Me Free! balances this early success by failing to match the quality of said releases – but this shouldn’t be taken to mean it’s a terrible record.

Stone peaked early, and this 13-track collection – recorded without her label’s knowledge in a fraction of the time eaten up by the gestation of past long-players – is a serviceable collection of funk-kissed and pop-savvy soul numbers that expose their maker’s songwriting immaturity by exuding the sense that contentment with each song was enough, rather than a tingling sensation followed by near-orgasmic outbursts of incredulity in response to a final mix. That it was written and recorded in such a short space of time – a week, reportedly – gives Colour Me Free! an attractive vibrancy in its actual performances, but the lack of any truly standout moments renders it far from memorable.

Once the well-reported label politics surrounding this release are taken out of the equation, leaving the songs alone to maintain audience interest, Colour Me Free! loses its footing. Free Me, lead single and album opener, struts with a brassy confidence as Stone underlines her intentions to, basically, do the opposite of everything she’s been told – but the absence of a catchy chorus leaves it floundering, more the work of a showy youngster than a multi-million-selling pop artist (of course, it’s actually both). And this strangely amateur atmosphere permeates almost every second of this album – at times endearing, but also puzzling. After all, Stone absolutely nailed her first two collections, with 2007’s patchy Introducing the exception rather than the rule.

Which goes to suggest that she’s better, despite her protestations, when riding shotgun on a label’s chosen path. It’s a hard verdict to swallow, given early promise, but unless Stone realises she needs more help than she’s had here (even factoring in guest turns from rapper Nas and the silken-voiced Raphael Saadiq), she’s destined to become as forgettable as this for-fans-only collection. Time, at least, is on her side. --Mike Diver

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome nearly all the way through 13 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I loved the first soul sessions album for its rawness, then came over produced disapointing second album and after that I just thought the first album had been a fluke. This though just listening to on spotify, oh wow, she's only gone and put out an album we from the start wanted for the second album. Just full of pure soul and the vocals are up there with the greats. I've got a taste in music that dips into nearly every genre and just love raw soul, this album delivers.

Only not so good are the songs featuring Jamie Hartman, don't know who he is but his voice doesn't really go with hers as its very middle of the road charty vocals. Still not bad when she comes in, just of been better without him.

Still totally worthy of album of the year.

Welcome back Joss..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Joss 19 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Joss Stone album so far. She is an amazing women - forget Amy Winehouse and Duffy, Joss is way, way above them. Unfortunately in the UK at least, she does not get the credit or publicity she deserves, but maybe that aint no bad thing - it's nice to have her all to ourselves. If you like blues, soul, jazz, gospel, smokey night-time music then you'll love this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a more mature sound 26 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
As a fan that has everything Joss has released and think she can do no wrong the only gripe I have with the album is that the following songs have been available over the last two years.

"Big Ole Game" (Ft. Raphael Saadiq) ...is available on both the special edition (with bonus Cd) and Japanese version of "Introducing Joss Stone."Introducing Joss Stone
"Governmentalist" ...was available free via Joss' website in 2008
"I Believe It To My Soul" (Ft. Dave Sanborn)...is available on Dave Sanborns' 2008 album "Here And Gone"Here and Gone
"Stalemate" (Ft. Jamie Hartman)...is available on Bens Brothers 2009 album "Battling Giants."Battling Giants
Bonus hidden track - "Mr Wankerman"...was available as a free download on Joss' imeem page Christmas 2007.

Free Me" ...the first single shows Joss in a rebellious but playful mood and should see her back in the charts with this catchy number that takes a swipe at her label EMI especially with the closing words "Free me EMI!"
"Could Have Been You" ...soulful love song which could have been included on "Introducing Joss Stone"
"Parallel Lines" (Ft. Jeff Beck and Sheila E) ...with a reggae backbeat is a real treat
"Lady" ...is a classic album soul track.
"4 and 20" ...this bluesy offering was a hit when Joss performed this track live when she showcased the album at various small venues around the UK.
"Big Ole Game"...has been a favourite song of mine for years and showcases her voice perfectly.
"Govermentalist"...a catchy protest war song.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO HER BEST!!!!! 3 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ok before I review the album i want to say something quickly, I know most of Joss's UK fans have deserted her over her stupid Brit awards accent thing but I think we everybody just needs to get over that and realise she was just a young girl trying to act cool and she showed herself up :P I'm sure it's happened to us all at some time or annother but hopefully people forgave you and m oved on.

The second thing I want to mention before the review is how dissapointed with the way EMI has handled this whole album, I know that EMI and Joss have had some differences over this album but they should let singers/bands be creative with there music not just make some generic slop, Joss has sold over 11,000,000 albums worldwide so i'm sure she knows what she's doing.
The promotion this album has recieved is pathetic, Joss did a small UK tour to promote the album but EMI pushed it back, in the US they changed the cover to a plain boring written thing because apparently the cover for the UK and rest of the world was "offensive" . . . I don't see how Joss in a box is offensive when they were happy to have her naked agains a wall for "introducing Joss Stone" and they havn't even made a music video for the first single "Free Me" which is the biggest marketing tool to get people to realise theres a new album out.
It seems like EMI is still punnishing joss for her creativity and they are doing everything they can to make this album bomb which is sad and pathetic.

Now for the review!!! lol

For us Joss fans it's been a long wait due to all the push backs but now it's finally hear and I have to say that it's possibly her best album yet as good as "Mind Body And Soul" for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars joss 18 May 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colour me free, Joss Stone 4 April 2013
By Lainey
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd really shows off her voice, if you like Joss Stone then this is a must for your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back on form 10 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must say that after I heard Introducing Joss Stone I thought that I may have bought my last album by her. Its combination of cringy lyrics and a black guy in the background shouting 'uh-yeah' every so often was a total turn off for me.

When Colour Me Free! came out on Spotify and the news that Joss wanted out of her EMI contract, I gave the album an audition. I have to say that within a few tracks I thought 'Joss's back'! I then heard 4 And 20 and I was once again blown away by this girl's talent.

It's not to say that there's not the odd occasional misstep on Colour Me Free!, but these are few and far between and the energy and loose feel of the album show that gentle guidance rather than interference is the way to make this girl shine.

My very favourite tracks on Colour Me Free! would have to be Free Me, 4 And 20 and the hidden track Mr W*****man (which may offend some, but to me is a giggle).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A potential number one album... failed by poor publicity
Joss Stone has had some seriously bad press in the UK in the last few years and this coupled with the lack of promotion by EMI has meant that Colour Me Free really hasn't been... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Special
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Mind The Haters!-Joss Stone Rocks!
Outstanding! Full of soul!Probably the best album I've heard in the past twelve months! Check out "4 and 20 Hours"-Superb,smokey,soul/jazz influences,"Mr Wankerman"-a hidden track... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by John Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars I take it all back!
Wow!!!! What do I know? An outstanding first album spiralling down to a third album that I would have been ashamed to use as a coaster. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by Mr. C. Wallington
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss Stone at her best
Joss Stone's new album is the songstress at her best - great mix of softer songs such as '4 and 20' and the catchy 'Free Me' and 'Could Have Been You'. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by R. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars The wonder that is Joss Stone
I've loved Joss from when i first heard fell in love with a boy and from then on in she has continually surpassed herself. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by Julia Havard
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss album we have been waiting for!!
Like a lot of people, when the release of this album was delayed for so long and the rumoured problems with her record label surfaced, I wasn't holding out a lot of hope on 'Colour... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by ChrisN
4.0 out of 5 stars Joss
Is Joss trying to be Janis Joplin only I found that in some of these tracks she seems to be trying to hard.It is still a good album,not her best but certainly worth a go.
Published on 21 Dec 2009 by A. Wellman
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh Stone is just knockout
Colour Me Free - Josh Stone is amazing - get it - she is top !
Published on 15 Dec 2009 by Mrs. Natasha P. M. Copley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Soulful!
I truly enjoyed this Album. Joss is very talented and sings each song with a passion way beyond her years. If you love Soul music then this is the album for you. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2009 by Meez Musik
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