Steve Greenwell discusses Joss Stone

 Joss Stone

Joss Stone

Steve Greenwell knew he wanted a live feel for Joss Stone's second album of soul covers, but finding the right mix was more of a challenge.

 Steve Greenwell with Joss Stone at Blackbird Studios, where Soul Sessions Volume Two was tracked.

Steve Greenwell with Joss Stone at Blackbird Studios, where Soul Sessions Volume Two was tracked.

British singer Joss Stone began recording her debut album The Soul Sessions two days before her 16th birthday in April 2003. Released in September of that year, the collection of R&B and soul covers was lapped up by the public, going three-times platinum in the UK and platinum in the US, Canada and several other countries, and made Stone an international star. Nine years later, following four further albums of original material, Stone released The Soul Sessions Volume 2, explaining that she wanted to revisit the approach in a way that reflects where she's at today, as an experienced artist and a grown-up woman. Many reviewers have highlighted the old-meets-new aesthetic of Volume Two, which sees Stone and her ace band giving authentic and stomping and heart-rending renditions of classic songs like The Chi-Lites' 'Give More Power To The People', Womack & Womack's 'Teardrops', Sylvia's 'Pillow Talk', and an old-style reinterpretation of a modern song, the Broken Bells' 'The High Road', all set in a sound-image that's distinctly modern.

~ Sound On Sound - November 2012

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