Stuck on You
Label: Stone'd Records Ltd
Joss Stone's got a new beat. Not brand new, perhaps -- these sorts of reggae rhythms were big in Jamaica forty years ago. But producer Damian Marley has helped inspire Ms. Stone to pursue global fusion possibilities hinted at in her side project SuperHeavy. The middle stretch of this lengthy album goes full roots: funky clavinet, echo-drenched melodica, a little dub here, a song called "Sensimilla" there. Some psychedelic soul of the Whitfield/Strong variety ("This Ain't Love") and an acoustic "Stuck on You" help vary the mood a bit, while her voice remains a treat.