In the run-up to this, her third album, Joss Stone told a phalanx of glossy magazines that the difference between this disc and the two that preceded it was a newfound clarity of vision. Whereas the other records--their gold status notwithstanding--represented the fumblings of a huge-voiced kid being bossed around by experienced music-biz types, this one, she promised, would reveal the real her. Thus, the titular "introduction." To which anybody who spins the 14 groovy and fully unbuttoned tracks herein will wish to reply not "nice to meet you"--far too lame a sentiment for so fully realized a disc--but "Where have you been all my life?" As good as Joss Stone's previous efforts are, Introducing Joss Stone
represents a giant step forward: there's a freshness to these songs that suits her age (19 as of the album's release) and a funkiness that suits modern pop sensibilities. There's also a cross-hatching of visions with artists like Lauryn Hill and Common that will rightly advance her reputation as an artist who can sling disco, R&B, and rock almost as convincingly as soul. Splicing girl-group harmonies with blaxploitation-style funk with Joplin-esque and, at times, Shelby Lynne-reminiscent vocals, Stone works these Raphael Saadiq-produced beats with the stealth and steadiness of a '70s-era legend who's still going strong. "Girl They Won't Believe It," she wails against the tight hoo-hoo harmonizing of talented backup singers on the opening track; get a load of how much she's accomplished in the space of three albums, and you won't believe it, either. --Tammy La Gorce
US LP pressing. Multi award winning UK soul singer and song writer Joss Stone releases the first single, entitled, 'Tell Me 'Bout It', from her forthcoming third studio album 'Introducing Joss Stone' on March 12th 2007. Stone, who at only 19 years of age has already sold over 7 million albums worldwide, 2 million in the UK alone, has spent the last year writing and recording the new album, calling it 'Introducing Joss Stone' because, in her words "this album is the first one that I feel truly represents who I am as an artist." Joss as we all know is an extraordinary talent and in her burgeoning career so far Stone has been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards (and won one) and sung with legends including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson to name a few. In the UK she won two Brit Awards in 2005 for Best female and Best Urban act. Lead single 'Tell Me 'Bout It' is a funky uptempo groove, laden with Stone's trademark soulful vocals with lyrics goading her man to step up to the plate. Support has already been immense from every level of media. Watch Joss fly..