6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2010
This really takes you back to the real, original Angie Stone. It's an album detailing a journey from the pure 'Unexpected' through the lyrical 'Free' to the Hi-energy 'Tell me' I cannot recommend this album too highly - it is pure soul.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2010
With a huge batch of quality music out at the moment (A.Keys, Corrine Bailey Rae, Sade etc.)I must tip Miss. Stone's fine soulful album to probably be the best RnB/Soul album of the year.The Wolf's review pretty well sums this album up. Why the track 'Maybe' is not already on radio play lists is completely beyond me? It has hit quality written all over its loveliness. This album demonstrates how to make commercially attractive soul music without falling foul of voice effects and formula production. A nice balance of pop soul with some quality hair raisin tracks within the mix.Buy this,it is great.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Yummy. Yummy. Yummy. Angie Stone is back! Hoorah!!
'Unexpected' is (not unexpectedly) good enough to eat!
Her last (2007) album 'The Art Of Love and War' was
a cracker but this lady just gets better and better.
For my money she's one of the finest soul/R&B
singers in the world right now.
There's very little this wonderful voice can't do.
Her tone, diction, phrasing and phenomenal interpretive
skill are all as good as good can possibly get.
Despite having a huge gang of writers and producers
involved in the project (often a fatal error) the
overall sonic coherence is remarkable.
Ms Stone is clearly in charge of her forces!
There are some really marvellous songs in this collection.
Thing start and finish in low-down funky mood with the title
track 'Unexpected'. In between there are treasures aplenty.
Among the best are the delightful duet with Ricco Barrino 'Free';
the smooth-as-silk and soulful 'Maybe', a beautiful composition by
Jonathan Richmond, consumately performed by Ms Stone; the delicious,
unrestrained eroticism of 'Kiss All Over Your Body' and the
powerhouse vocal rendition of Sly Williams' 'I Found A Keeper'.
In the title track reprise she delivers a gentle rebuff
to the "neo-soul label" sometimes attached to her work.
Not to be pinned down, 'Unexpected' is a good-humoured
declaration of musical freedom from an incomparable Diva.
(Not quite sure about the wisdom of sitting on a
motorbike in THAT dress though Ms Stone!!)