The Soul Sessions

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The Soul Sessions
Studio album by Joss Stone
Released 16 September 2003 (2003-09-16)
Recorded 9 April 2003 – 12 May 2003;
Mojo Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Hit Factory Criteria
(Miami, Florida)
The Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre Soul, R&B, blues
Length 42:06
Label Relentless
Producer Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Betty Wright
Joss Stone chronology
The Soul Sessions
(2003)
Mind Body & Soul
(2004)
Singles from The Soul Sessions
  1. "Fell in Love with a Boy"
    Released: 26 January 2004
  2. "Super Duper Love"
    Released: 10 May 2004

The Soul Sessions is the debut album by English recording artist Joss Stone. It was released in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2003 by Relentless Records. The album consists of a collection of cover versions of '60s and '70s soul songs, in addition to a cover of a contemporary song, re-arranged into a soul song.

Background[edit]

The Soul Sessions was produced by Miami soul singer Betty Wright and S-Curve Records chief executive officer Steve Greenberg. She worked with veteran Miami soul musicians Benny Latimore, Little Beaver, Timmy Thomas and Wright herself. She also worked with contemporary musicians such as neo soul singer Angie Stone and the alternative hip hop group The Roots.

Stone told MTV News that she felt intimidated by the credentials of the musicians that worked on the album. "It was weird because they've worked with so many great, great singers. I'm talking the best. I kind of walked in, just like this little girl and started singing."[1] By the end of the session, she had impressed everybody with her talent.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (positive)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
The New Zealand Herald 5/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[2][8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine C[10]
The Village Voice C+[11]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars[12]

The Soul Sessions was met with positive reviews 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 74, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[2] Jon Caramanica of Rolling Stone stated that "Stone shines on this impressive covers set" and that "[s]he chooses songs wisely."[9] Allmusic's Thom Jurek wrote that Stone "has unique phrasing and a huge voice that accents, dips, and slips, never overworking a song or trying to bring attention to itself via hollow acrobatics."[3] Jim Greer from Entertainment Weekly noted that Stone "does have an extraordinary voice", but added that "the only misguided ploy on The Soul Sessions is a Roots-produced slo-mo cover of a White Stripes tune."[5] Russell Baillie from The New Zealand Herald opined that "with her strong, emotive voice she nails it time and again, and with performances that aren't an excuse for the vocal acrobatic show you imagine this would have been had Stone been America's next bright young thing."[7]

The Guardian '​s Dorian Lynskey described her singing as "rich, mature and agile but not showy".[6] Nick Duerden of Blender magazine gave the album three stars out of five and commented that "Stone's voice is remarkably authentic, and the atmosphere she conjures is smoky and sleazy, pure mid-'60s Detroit."[13] Jason MacNeil wrote for PopMatters that her voice is "more of a soulful voice than those so-called soul divas out there today" and that it "oozes sex appeal as Benny Latimore's piano weaves some magic."[8] In his review for The A.V. Club, Keith Phipps remarked that "Sessions establishes Stone as a formidable interpreter."[4] Andrew McGregor of BBC Music felt that the album "seems a bit of an artistic compromise, music from the rule book rather than the heart."[14] The Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was not impressed either, and viewed Stone's covers as "the kind of soul marginalia Brits have been overrating since Doris Troy was on Apple".[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Stone promoted the album.

The Soul Sessions entered the UK Albums Chart at number forty-seven for the week of 17 January 2004 (the highest debut of that week),[15] and reached its peak position of number four three weeks later.[16] It spent twelve non-consecutive weeks in the top ten and seventy weeks altogether in the top seventy-five, including three re-entries in 2005.[16] The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the album triple platinum on 15 April 2005, denoting shipments of over 900,000 copies.[17] Additionally, it became the UK's nineteenth best-selling album of 2004.[18]

In the United States, The Soul Sessions was a sleeper hit. On the issue dated 4 October 2003, the album debuted at number 199 on the Billboard 200 and at number seventy-six on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[19] peaking at number thirty-nine on the former and at number thirty-eight on the latter in its twenty-fourth week on both charts, on the issue dated 8 May 2004.[20] Prior to that, the album topped the Top Heatseekers during the week of 21 February 2004.[20] Sales were heavy on the East Coast, especially in cities such as New York City, Philadelphia and Boston.[19] Within six months of its release, The Soul Sessions was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on 29 March 2004,[21] having sold 914,000 units as of March 2007.[22]

The album was also commercially successful in the rest of Europe, where it reached number four in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, number five in Portugal, number seven in Belgium, number eight in Italy, number twelve in Sweden and number fourteen in Switzerland,[23] as well as number four on the European Top 100 Albums.[24] In June 2004 The Soul Sessions was honoured with a Platinum Europe Award from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for sales in excess of one million copies across Europe.[25] In Oceania the album peaked at number sixteen in Australia and number eight in New Zealand,[23] earning platinum accreditations from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) for sales of 70,000 and 15,000 copies, respectively.[26][27] The album sold over 5 million copies worldwide.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Betty Wright, Steve Greenberg and Mike Mangini, except track 3 produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Wright, Greenberg and Mangini, and track 7 produced by Greenberg and Mangini.

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. "The Chokin' Kind"   Harlan Howard Waylon Jennings (1967) 3:35
2. "Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' on Me?) Pt. 1"   Willie Garner Sugar Billy (1974) 4:20
3. "Fell in Love with a Boy"   Jack White The White Stripes (2001) 3:38
4. "Victim of a Foolish Heart"   Charles Buckins, George Jackson Bettye Swann (1972) 5:31
5. "Dirty Man"   Bobby Miller Laura Lee (1967) 2:59
6. "Some Kind of Wonderful"   John Ellison Soul Brothers Six (1967) 3:56
7. "I've Fallen in Love with You"   Carla Thomas Carla Thomas (1968) 4:29
8. "I Had a Dream"   John Sebastian John Sebastian (1970) 3:01
9. "All the King's Horses"   Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin (1972) 3:03
10. "For the Love of You Pts. 1 & 2"   Ernest Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, Christopher Jasper The Isley Brothers (1975) 7:33

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States[3] 16 September 2003 S-Curve Records, Virgin Records
Canada[69] 28 October 2003 EMI
United Kingdom[70] 24 November 2003 Relentless Records
Japan[29] 16 January 2004 EMI
Netherlands[71] 23 January 2004
France[53] 6 February 2004
Australia[72] 13 February 2004
Spain[73] 16 February 2004
Austria[74] 20 February 2004
Germany[75]
Switzerland[76]
Brazil[77] 12 March 2004
France[30] 8 June 2004 (limited CD+DVD edition)

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