Review: The Soul Sessions Volume 2 by Joss Stone

The Soul Sessions Volume 2 by Joss StoneIt’s been diminishing returns since Joss Stone broke out almost a decade ago, but I was still surprised when I heard that she’s revisiting her 2003 debut for her sixth release. The Soul Sessions Volume 2 reminds me of how effortless things can be for Joss: in returning to covering other songs she’s never sounded like she’s had a lot of fun. (Compare this to her “bluesy departure” album, LP1, and you can hear her try so hard.) Her takes on “Teardrops” and “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People” is a rediscovery, while the album’s let’s-make-this-soulful song – in this case, Broken Bells’ “The High Road” – really just makes sense. But this album’s timing has me worried – will she only get noticed by doing covers? (Will this album get noticed, even?) It’s an unusual stage in the soulstress’ career, and I’ve a feeling this is a make-or-break effort for her. But hey, I got another chance to hear that voice. | 4/5

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