The Soul Sessions Vol. 2

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The Soul Sessions Vol. 2
Studio album by Joss Stone
Released 16 July 2012 (2012-07-16)
Recorded New York City; Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Soul, R&B, blues
Length 47:51
Label S-Curve, Stone'd
Producer Steve Greenberg, Steve Greenwell, Joss Stone
Joss Stone chronology
The Best of Joss Stone 2003–2009
(2011)
The Soul Sessions Vol. 2
(2012)
Water for Your Soul
(2015)
Singles from The Soul Sessions Vol. 2
  1. "While You're Out Looking for Sugar"
    Released: 15 June 2012 (2012-06-15)
  2. "Pillow Talk"
    Released: 4 November 2012 (2012-11-04)[1]
  3. "Teardrops"
    Released: 24 February 2013 (2013-02-24)[2]

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 is the sixth studio album by English recording artist Joss Stone. It was released on 16 July 2012 by S-Curve Records and Stone'd Records, Stone's independent label. The album consists of eleven cover versions of '60s, '70s and '80s soul songs, in addition to a cover of a contemporary song, re-arranged into a soul song and is a follow-up to Stone's highly successful debut album The Soul Sessions (2003).

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 charted in the top ten of music charts in the United Kingdom, United States, and continental Europe upon its release. However, it received mostly mixed reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 was recorded over two live recording sessions in New York City and Nashville.[3] Stone stated, "I really had fun revisiting The Soul Sessions '​ idea and I'm really pleased with the results. I've committed long term to my label Stone'd Records, but it felt right to team up with Steve Greenberg and S-Curve again for this release. I think there are some great songs on the album and I loved performing them with such brilliant musicians."[4]

Promotion[edit]

On 6 June 2012, Stone performed a concert at the London music venue Under the Bridge, which was streamed online via Perez Hilton in the US and MSN for the rest of the world.[5] During the concert Stone performed several new tracks from the album as well as previous material. Stone also promoted the album in the "Tastemakers" session of Billboard '​s website.[6] Stone performed and was interviewed on the British television programme This Morning.[7] On 27 July 2012, Stone appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[9]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly C+[11]
Evening Standard 4/5 stars[12]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[13]
Mojo 2/5 stars[14]
The Observer 3/5 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[17]
Uncut 3/5 stars[18]

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 was released on 16 July 2012 by Stone's own independent label Stone'd Records and the label that released her first two albums, S-Curve Records.[4] It debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart on sales of 8,414 copies, Stone's first top ten album in the UK since Mind Body & Soul (2004).[19] In the United States, the album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 24,000 copies, becoming her fourth top ten album on the chart.[20] In continental Europe, it reached the top five in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the top ten in Austria and Germany.[21]

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 60, based on 11 reviews.[22] Mojo magazine said it "sounds like a calculated genre exercise",[14] while Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly found the covers "passionately pointless" when compared to the originals.[11] Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe said the album sounds commonplace because of its attempt to recreate "a vintage R&B vibe rather than looking to classic styles as a source of inspiration for something more contemporary or creative".[17] Hermione Hoby of The Observer wrote that Stone's singing is "technically irreproachable throughout, [but] every track is attacked with all the timidity of a tsunami—enough to prompt the peevish complaint that force and feeling are not the same thing."[15] Jody Rosen, writing in Rolling Stone, was more critical and felt Stone's "musical instincts are off ... she steamrolls nearly every song with her bombastic blues growl."[16]

In a more enthusiastic review for AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine believed "for the most part, The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 does feel right: it has the form and sound of classic soul while never acknowledging that R&B continued to develop past, say, 1972. For an audience that agrees with that thesis, this is fun."[9] The Guardian '​s Dave Simpson described the album as "a powerful, heartfelt and classy comeback", claiming that Stone has "certainly returned to her debut's soul covers format in more mature and superb voice."[13] Hal Horowitz wrote for American Songwriter called the album "pretty terrific" as it "proves the UK singer is serious about her classic American R&B".[10] John Aizlewood of BBC Music viewed The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 as "Stone's most focused and rewarding album since Vol 1".[23]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "I Got The..."   Labi Siffre Labi Siffre (1975) 4:59
2. "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People"   Eugene Record The Chi-Lites (1971) 3:44
3. "While You're Out Looking for Sugar"   Ronald Dunbar, Edyth Wayne Honey Cone (1969) 3:28
4. "Sideway Shuffle"   Linda Lewis Linda Lewis (1974) 3:38
5. "I Don't Want to Be with Nobody But You"   Eddie Floyd Absent Friends (1990) 5:00
6. "Teardrops"   Cecil Womack, Linda Womack Womack & Womack (1988) 5:55
7. "Stoned Out of My Mind"   Record, Barbara Acklin The Chi-Lites (1973) 3:12
8. "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)"   Terry Callier, Larry Wade The Dells (1971) 4:42
9. "The High Road"   James Mercer, Brian Burton Broken Bells (2009) 4:40
10. "Pillow Talk"   Sylvia Robinson, Michael Burton Sylvia (1973) 4:42
11. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"   John D. Loudermilk The Casinos (1967) 3:51
Total length:
47:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Argentine Albums Chart[26] 5
Australian Albums Chart[27] 42
Austrian Albums Chart[28] 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[21] 25
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[29] 44
Canadian Albums Chart[30] 23
Dutch Albums Chart[31] 2
French Albums Chart[32] 82
German Albums Chart[33] 7
Italian Albums Chart[34] 62
Scottish Albums Chart[35] 24
South Korean International Albums Chart[36] 35
Swiss Albums Chart[37] 5
UK Albums Chart[38] 6
UK R&B Albums Chart[39] 3
US Billboard 200[30] 10
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[30] 3

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format(s) Edition(s)
Worldwide (except AUT, CAN, GER, ITA, SWI and US)[40] 16 July 2012 S-Curve Records, Stone'd Records Digital download Standard, deluxe
Ireland[41] 20 July 2012 CD
Netherlands[42] Warner Music
France[43] 23 July 2012
Germany[44] Digital download Deluxe
United Kingdom[45] S-Curve Records, Stone'd Records CD Standard, deluxe
Sweden[46] 25 July 2012 Warner Music
Australia[47] 27 July 2012
New Zealand[48] Standard
Canada[49] 31 July 2012 Universal Music CD, LP, digital download Standard, deluxe
United States[50] S-Curve Records, Stone'd Records
Germany[51] 24 August 2012 Warner Music CD
Poland[52] 27 August 2012
Japan[25] 19 September 2012 Deluxe
Italy[53] 2 October 2012 Standard, deluxe

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