The Art of Love & War

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The Art of Love & War
Studio album by Angie Stone
Released October 15, 2007 (2007-10-15)
(see release history)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre R&B, soul
Length 56:47
Label Stax
Producer Angie Stone (also executive), Jonathan Richmond, Co-T, 5 Star, The Designated Hitters, Dris, MJ McClain, Jon Nettlesbey, Elijah "Vato" Harris, Chris Hutch, Victor Flores, Ervin "EP" Pope
Angie Stone chronology
Stone Hits: The Very Best of Angie Stone
The Art of Love & War
Singles from The Art of Love & War
  1. "Baby"
    Released: August 28, 2007
  2. "Sometimes"
    Released: January 28, 2008
  3. "Pop Pop"
    Released: August 25, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Billboard (not rated)[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [3]
The New York Times (favorable) [4]
NOW (not rated) [5]
PopMatters (6/10) [6]
Prefix Magazine (8/10) [7]

The Art of Love & War is the fourth studio album (fifth overall) by American R&B-soul singer–songwriter Angie Stone, released in the United States on October 16, 2007 by Stax Records. The album debuted and peaked at number eleven on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling 45,000 copies in its first week,[8] becoming Stone's highest-charting album to date. Its lead single, "Baby" (featuring Betty Wright), debuted at number eighteen on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, later peaking at number three, and also peaked at number twenty-two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after debuting on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles at number twenty and jumping to the main chart at number seventy-three.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Everything In" (Angie Stone, Jonathan Richmond, Juanita Wynn, Shamora) – 3:52
  2. "Baby" (featuring Betty Wright) (Stone, Corey Tatum, K. Norton, Curtis Mayfield) – 4:50
  3. "Here We Go Again" (Stone, Richmond) – 3:33
  4. "Make It Last" (Stone, Richmond, Wynn, Shamora) – 3:46
  5. "Sometimes" (Shamora, Stone, Richmond, Wynn) – 3:21
  6. "Go Back to Your Life" (Stone) – 1:22
  7. "Half a Chance" (featuring Chino) (Stone, Richmond, Thomas Seabrooks) – 4:06
  8. "These Are the Reasons" (Shamora, Derek Allen, Saleem Asad) – 4:58
  9. "My People" (featuring James Ingram) (Stone, Idris Elba, James Ingram, Birdell Fitch, Duke Ellington) – 5:58
    • Contains elements of Duke Ellington's "My People" (Duke Ellington)
  10. "Sit Down" (Stone, Elijah Harris) – 4:32
  11. "Play wit It" (Stone, Chris Hutch, Victor Flores, Patrice Rushen) – 2:50
    • Contains elements of Patrice Rushen's "Hang It Up" (Patrice Rushen)
  12. "Pop Pop" (Stone, Wynn, Ervin Pope) – 3:51
  13. "Wait for Me" (Stone, Richmond, Gordon Chambers) – 4:50
  14. "Happy Being Me" (featuring Pauletta Washington) (Stone, Allen, Asad) – 4:28


Chart (2007) Peak
French Albums Chart[9] 122
UK Albums Chart[10] 103
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 11
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums[11] 11

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United Kingdom October 15, 2007 Concord
United States October 16, 2007 Stax
Japan October 17, 2007 Universal
Germany October 26, 2007
Canada October 30, 2007
Australia November 17, 2007