With "Mind Body & Soul," Joss Stone proves that her 2003 breakout debut, "The Soul Sessions," was no fluke.
With "Mind Body & Soul," Joss Stone proves that her 2003 breakout debut, "The Soul Sessions," was no fluke. For her second collection, the British singer continues to reinvent soul music, injecting a very classic sound with contemporary sass and verve. But unlike its predecessor, "Mind Body & Soul" mines a field of original songs, with Stone co-penning 11 of the 14. Joining her on this modern gem are Betty Wright, Nile Rodgers, Amir "?uestlove" Thompson, Portishead's Beth Gibbons and others. Choice cuts abound, with lead single "You Had Me," "Right to Be Wrong," "Killing Time" and the gorgeously gospel "Security" leading the pack. "Don't Cha Wanna Ride" is home to a lame opening line ("I know you got the Hummer for the summer, baby") and a sparkling sample (Young-Holt Unlimited's "Soulful Strut"). Throughout, that voice reigns supreme.—MP