The hype surrounding Ms Stone led me to buy this album and I have to say that it's a remarkable achievement for one so young.
For someone like me, an oldie brought up on Billie, Ella and Nina, Joss has a remarkable voice and a great deal of potential but I have to say that it's a potential that hasn't been fulfilled yet. How could it be, when she's still just a kid?
Usually, I don't review stuff that I don't like much - one man's meat is another man's poison and all that. However, I feel that it's time to try to apply the brakes to the Joss Stone bandwagon, at least until such time as she grabs her first standard and makes it her own. What I mean is she has to get hold of something like Nat King Cole's "Let there be Love" or Ella's "Bewitched" or Billie's "My man" or Peggy Lee's "Fever" or even Cyndie Lauper's "Time after time" and then she has to make it her own, irrevocably and for all time. Until she does that, she's a will-be.
That's better than a has-been, but it's not all that great, either.