Mind Body & Soul

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Not to be confused with Body, Mind, Soul.
Mind Body & Soul
Studio album by Joss Stone
Released 15 September 2004 (2004-09-15)
Recorded Chung King Studios, Mojo Studios, Right Track Recording
(New York City, New York)
Creative Space, The Hit Factory Criteria
(Miami, Florida)
The Headquarters
(New Jersey)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 59:06
Label Relentless
Producer The Boilerhouse Boys, Commissioner Gordon, Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini, Danny P, Conner Reeves, Salaam Remi, Jonathan Shorten, Betty Wright
Joss Stone chronology
The Soul Sessions
(2003)
Mind Body & Soul
(2004)
Introducing Joss Stone
(2007)
Alternative cover
Special edition cover
Singles from Mind Body & Soul
  1. "You Had Me"
    Released: 13 September 2004
  2. "Right to Be Wrong"
    Released: 29 November 2004
  3. "Spoiled"
    Released: 14 March 2005
  4. "Don't Cha Wanna Ride"
    Released: 4 July 2005

Mind Body & Soul is the second studio album by English recording artist Joss Stone. Released in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2004 by Relentless Records, it is Stone's most successful album to date in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number one and stayed atop for one week. This made Stone became the youngest female singer to top the UK Albums Chart—a record previously held by Avril Lavigne—, while Mind Body & Soul became the first number-one album for Relentless Records.[1] Subsequently, the album became the UK's thirty-ninth best-selling album of 2004. It also debuted and peaked at number eleven on the US Billboard 200. Despite the album's success, none of the singles released were eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the album's third single, "Spoiled", managed to peak at number fifty-four on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

On 9 September 2005, Mind Body & Soul was certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales of 1.2 million copies in the US.[2] Additionally, the album was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

The album's hidden track, "Daniel", is about Stone's former drug addict and armed robber half-brother, Daniel Skillin, who has the same mother as her. He was sent to HM Prison Ford in Arundel, West Sussex in 2000 for attempting to hold up a post office with a hammer. In June 2003, Skillin escaped from prison two months before his scheduled release. While on the run, he stole three cars and was sentenced to an additional fifteen months in jail. When released in 2004, he returned home to his family in Devon.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Billboard (positive)[7]
Blender 3/5 stars[8]
Entertainment Weekly C[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
musicOMH (positive)[11]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[13]
Yahoo! Music 7/10 stars[14]

Mind Body & Soul was well received by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic noted that, compared to The Soul Sessions, "[c]ertain songs are a little brighter and a little more radio-ready than before, there's a more pronounced hip-hop vibe to some beats, and she sounds a little more like a diva this time around—not enough to alienate older fans, but enough to win some new ones. The album has a seductive, sultry feel; there's some genuine grit to the rhythms, yet it's all wrapped up in a production that's smooth as silk."[6] John Murphy from musicOMH raved that "[t]his is a terrific album, and on this basis Joss Stone is going to be a household name for years and years to come."[11] Darryl Sterdan wrote for Canadian website Jam! that "even if her contributions were limited to lyrics and melodies, she still comes through with flying colours, displaying a knack for sharp hooks and catchy choruses."[15] Dan Gennoe from Yahoo! Music UK commented that songs like "Right to Be Wrong", "Jet Lag" and "Killing Time" "confirm that not only can she deliver pain and passion like a lover three times her age, she can write it like one too." He continued: "There's not a bad song here, but there are some that never make it out of the rootsy background."[14]

Billboard critic Michael Paoletta stated that Stone "continues to reinvent soul music, injecting a very classic sound with contemporary sass and verve", while noting that "[t]hroughout, that voice reigns supreme."[7] The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan believed that "this record is best seen as a stepping stone by which she shouldn't be judged too exactingly." She also praised Stone's "ripening" voice, saying it is "foxier" than on The Soul Sessions.[10] In a review for Blender magazine, Robert Christgau opined that "this album's compromise with the teen-pop divahood she was groomed for will feel like a bid for authenticity. Stone's infatuation with band grooves provides relief from the radio-ready synthesizers and compressors."[8] Dimitri Ehrlich of Vibe called the album "deeply refreshing", adding that "[t]here's nothing new here [...] but if your ears are inured to the dense, overly polished production of contemporary R&B, Stone's simplicity and rawness will come as a revelation."[13] Laura Sinagra of Rolling Stone wrote that "[a]s on her last album, tasteful retro organs and wah-wah dominate this batch of originals" and named "Spoiled" one of the album's "strongest moments", but felt that songs like "Don't Cha Wanna Ride" and "You Had Me" are "more Destiny's Child than yesterday's blues".[12] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly stated, however, that "[s]ave for a mild foray into reggae and a stab at power balladry, the tracks are monotonously midtempo, supper-club soul."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producers Length
1. "Right to Be Wrong"   Joss Stone, Desmond Child, Betty Wright Mike Mangini, Steve Greenberg, Wright 4:40
2. "Jet Lag"   Stone, Jonathan Shorten, Conner Reeves Mangini, Greenberg, Wright, Shorten, Reeves 4:00
3. "You Had Me"   Stone, Francis White, Wendy Stoker, Wright Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 3:59
4. "Spoiled"   Stone, Lamont Dozier, Beau Dozier Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 4:03
5. "Don't Cha Wanna Ride" (contains a sample of "Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited) Stone, Child, Wright, Greenberg, Mangini, Eugene Record, William Sanders Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 3:31
6. "Less Is More"   Stone, Shorten, Reeves Commissioner Gordon 4:17
7. "Security"   Stone, Greenberg, Daniel Pierre Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 4:30
8. "Young at Heart"   Stone, Salaam Remi Remi, Wright 4:10
9. "Snakes and Ladders"   Stone, Shorten, Reeves Mangini, Greenberg, Wright, Shorten, Reeves 3:35
10. "Understand"   Stone, Wright, Angelo Morris, Mangini, Greenber Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 3:46
11. "Don't Know How"   Pierre, Curtis Richardson, Jeremy Ruzumna, Justin Gray Mangini, Greenberg, Wright, Danny P 4:01
12. "Torn and Tattered"   Austin Howard, Ben Wolf, Andy Dean, Wright The Boilerhouse Boys, Greenberg, Wright 3:58
13. "Killing Time"   Beth Gibbons, Stone, Wright Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 5:11
14. "Sleep Like a Child" (the actual duration of music on this track is 5:19; the rest is filled with silence) Patrick Seymour Mangini, Greenberg, Wright 15:27
15. "Daniel" (hidden track) Stone   2:44

Special edition[edit]

Limited Dutch edition bonus CD[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Orchestra[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Edition
Japan[16] 15 September 2004 EMI Standard
Australia[59] 24 September 2004
Germany[60]
Netherlands[61] 27 September 2004
Spain[62]
United Kingdom[63] Relentless Records
Canada[64] 28 September 2004 EMI
United States[6] S-Curve Records, Virgin Records
Netherlands[65][66] 8 July 2005 EMI Limited CD+DVD edition
10 November 2005 CD+DVD special edition
Germany[67] 11 November 2005
United Kingdom[68] 14 November 2005 Relentless Records
Canada[69] 15 November 2005 EMI
Australia[70] 21 November 2005
United States[71] 22 November 2005 S-Curve Records, Virgin Records
Japan[72] 14 December 2005 EMI
Spain[73] 16 January 2006

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Preceded by
American Idiot by Green Day
UK Albums Chart number-one album
9 October 2004
Succeeded by
Around the Sun by R.E.M.