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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 (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Warner Brothers Records
  • ASIN: B0084F0S8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joss Stone has reunited with S-Curve Record's Steve Greenberg to put together two electrifying sessions in New York and Nashville, with a stellar cast of musicians including the legendary Ernie Isley. The resulting album, The Soul Sessions Volume 2, is a collection of soul gems that showcase a young woman at the height of her vocal powers, ten years on from the original album, which was recorded by Stone at the tender age of 15.

BBC Review

Joss Stone was only 16 years old when she debuted with The Soul Sessions in 2003. Britain and the United States quickly fell for her barefoot innocence and worldly, earthy soul voice, a voice well beyond her years.

Since then, Stone’s resolutely followed her own path. Mostly self-penned albums have yielded diminishing artistic and commercial returns, while her recordings with SuperHeavy failed to attract many plaudits. Film, television and videogame roles have met with comparable indifference.

With her career curveballs never engaging with the public as successfully as her debut, perhaps retreat to the comforting cocoon of what made Stone’s name was inevitable. And album six is just that: a second set of soul-infused covers, released on her original label S-Curve, helmed by her original producer Steve Greenberg.

To complete the similarities, Stone is not merely rehashing some old soul fare. Where the Soul Sessions grappled manfully with The White Stripes’ Fell in Love With a Girl, here she gives Broken Bells’ The High Road a heroic, no-holds barred makeover that’s as sensual as it is spiritual. It is, you suspect, how Stone was always meant to sound.

Elsewhere she dips into more conventional soul territory, although only Womack & Womack’s majestic Teardrops was a major hit (Stone’s take builds imperiously and brims with rue). Her funk-fuelled crack at Stoned Out of My Mind owes more to the ever-underrated Chi-Lites original than The Jam’s blunderbuss assault on it.

But while Stone can bawl with the best of them, she can do restraint too. John D. Loudermilk’s corny weepie Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye has a string arrangement that avoids the saccharine trap (although it’s a close call), but Stone radiates pain with a conviction and believability she’s never quite summoned before.

There’s another trap too: it may have been conceived as a time-buying stopgap, but The Soul Sessions Vol 2 is Stone’s most focused and rewarding album since Vol 1. When she starts writing for herself again, she'll have to really up her game.

--Marcus J. Moore

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubting the talent nor the soulful, husky voice of Joss Stone. The problems have been trying to carry the promise of her debut album 'Soul Sessions 1', (released when barely 16), forward and push beyond the confines of covers, however good and successful. Her career, as we know, has been turbulent on and off record. Fights with EMI, trauma of attempted kidnapping, and self-penned albums not universally critically acclaimed. For someone with her ability and gifts not to have crafted more acknowledgement must surely be frustrating. Many artists have had similar struggles. After setting up her own record label (Stone's Records), Joss has gone back to the format that produced her arguably most successful recording style.

'Soul Sessions 2' was recorded in New York and Nashville in the company of accomplished session men including guitarist Ernie Isley (from the brothers) The result is a trenchant display of funky soul with Stone displaying the flexibility, maturity and mastery of her vocal performances. They all seem to be having fun and this comes across to the listener (my ears ,anyway). On a personal level, the tracks I particularly enjoy(ed) are The Dell's 'The Love We Had (Stays on my Mind)',Eddie Floyd's 'I Don't Wanna Be With Nobody But You', the Chi Lites' 'For God's Sake' and Womack & Womacks' 'Teardrops' and 'Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye'. Joss also, perhaps surprisingly, delivers a superb revamped rendition of Broken Bells' 2010 hit 'The High Road'.

This album may be a revalidation of her talents to her public. It is, until now, a tried and tested successful format, covering others' material. Maybe an interim period as I would love her to reveal a stunning collection of her own songs in the future. Meanwhile, sit back and listen to her latest offering. I hope it's a winner for her and her fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Truth-be-told I've had an on and off relationship with Joss Stone. There was
no doubting the raw talent captured in her 2003 debut 'The Soul Sessions'.
A young but extraordinary voice bound for some kind of glory. Her grasp of
the genre was remarkably sure given her tender years but the recordings
between her first outing and 'The Soul Sessions Vol. 2' certainly had their
share of ups and downs. The thin line between pastiche and the real deal
sometimes made it hard to believe that her early fervor could be sustained.
With 2011's 'LP1' however, Ms Stone, at least to my hairy ears, really hit
her stride. It was a truly captivating album, chock full of spontaneity, raw
energy and some very fine singing indeed. Its release was a pivotal moment
in my own belief in her true potential. My reservations evaporated entirely.

The new album gives me no reason to revise this view. This collection of
fifteen soul and R&B covers is, in many ways, her finest work to date.
Her immediately recognisable instrument is beautifully unforced; her
phrasing and fluid decoration of the melodic lines impeccably realised and
the affection for her material palpable. It's a well chosen and classy set.

Highlights would have to include her cracking interpretation of Eddie Floyd's
'I Don't Wanna Be With Nobody but You' with its warm brass arrangement
and stunningly articulated and believable emotion; her slinky rendition of
Linda Lewis's 'Sideway Shuffle'; a rip-roaring version of Barbara Acklin's
'Stoned Out Of My Mind' and her truly delightful take on Womack and Womack's
'Teardrops', full of light and shade and heartfelt pathos. A real winner!

Producer Steve Greenberg does a sterling job behind the console and clearly
understood what was needed to draw the best out of Ms Stone's remarkable gift.

I'm loving it!

Highly Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Cassidy on 21 Aug. 2012
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A least a decade after Soul Sessions 1,here is the follow up. I's a very accomplished affair,and Joss Stone's voice is maturing nicely.She has the power of a traditional soul singer,and is most effective when you hear her almost letting go,as on For Gods Sake,etc.Standout tracks for me include,The Love We Had,For Gods Sake,Then You Can Tell Me Goddbye,Nothing Takes The Place Of You,I Got The Blues,and a smooth,silky Pillow Talk.

Criminal that she doesn't get the praise she deserves in Britain,but a follow up to be proud of. I would have preferred a more stripped back approach on some of the tracks also,but a great album that I'm still playing weeks after buying it from Amazon.

Five big stars for THAT voice.Four for the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martina R on 1 Aug. 2012
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The first album that introduced me to Joss Stone's soulful music was her debut, "The Soul Sessions". Even though that album was consisted of her covering other artists, I thought it was really refreshing for today's music standards.

The successor to that album, "The Soul Sessions vol 2" is just a wonderful collection to have among Joss' albums she made over the years, evolving as a musician and as a lyricist. I can not have more praise for it.

My favourite track has to be "The High Road". Joss covered a powerful indie rock song, and turned it into something completely new, adding her signature style and interpretation.

The overall style of this album is a fine mix between classic soul, funk and blues, and it fits Joss perfectly.

I rate this album 5 stars, and even if you have never heard anything from Joss before, make sure to give this one a try because it will leave you speechless!
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