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The Soul Sessions Vol. 2
Studio album by Joss Stone
Released 20 July 2012 (2012-07-20)
Recorded
Genre
Length 47:51
Label
Producer
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, released on 20 July 2012 by S-Curve Records and her own label, Stone'd Records. A follow-up to Stone's debut studio album, The Soul Sessions (2003), the album consists of eleven cover versions of soul songs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, in addition to a cover of Broken Bells' 2009 song "The High Road".

Upon its release, the album received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart, while charting within the top ten in the United States and select countries in continental Europe.

Background[edit]

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 was recorded over two live recording sessions in New York City and Nashville.[3] The album is a joint release between Stone's own independent label Stone'd Records and S-Curve Records, the label that released her first two studio albums, The Soul Sessions (2003) and Mind Body & Soul.[4] 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's website in the United States 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 performed for Billboard‍ '​s Tastemakers series in June 2012.[6] Stone performed and was interviewed on the British television programme This Morning.[7] On 27 July 2012, she performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[8]

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 received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 60, based on 11 reviews.[19] 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 of 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".[20]

The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart with 8,414 copies sold in its first week, Stone's first top ten album in the United Kingdom since Mind Body & Soul (2004).[21] 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.[22] In continental Europe, it reached the top five in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the top ten in Austria and Germany.[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"   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"  
Absent Friends (1990) 5:00
6. "Teardrops"   Womack & Womack (1988) 5:55
7. "Stoned Out of My Mind"   The Chi-Lites (1973) 3:12
8. "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)"  
The Dells (1971) 4:42
9. "The High Road"   Broken Bells (2009) 4:40
10. "Pillow Talk"  
Sylvia (1973) 4:42
11. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"   John D. Loudermilk The Casinos (1967) 3:51
Total length:
47:51

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the deluxe edition of The Soul Sessions Vol. 2.[26]

  • Joss Stone – vocals (tracks 1–8, 10, 12–14); production (all tracks); finger snaps (track 1); backing vocals, lead vocals (tracks 9, 11, 15); glockenspiel, handclaps (track 15); executive producer
  • James Alexander – bass (track 3)
  • John Angier – string arrangement (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Raymond AngryB3 (tracks 1–3, 5, 6, 8–10, 12–14); clavinet (track 4); Wurlitzer electric piano (track 7); piano (track 9)
  • Steve Bryant – guitar (tracks 10, 11)
  • Rita Chepurchenko – concert mistress (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Gary Chester – orchestra coordinator (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Rod Cousins – art direction
  • Eric Darken – finger snaps (track 1); percussion (tracks 4, 15); tamborine (track 12); handclaps (track 15)
  • Jill Dell'Abate – project coordination
  • Chris Dunn – trombone (tracks 5, 12)
  • Hollie Farris – trumpet (tracks 4, 5, 12)
  • FILMharmonic Orchestra – strings (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Steve Greenberg – executive producer, production
  • Steve Greenwell – engineering, mixing, production
  • Jennifer Grossbach – A&R administration
  • Janeen Hovnanian – production assistant
  • Pete Iannacone – bass
  • Ernie Isley – guitar (tracks 1, 3–7, 9, 10, 13–15)
  • Marko Ivanović – conducting (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Clayton Ivey – Wurlitzer electric piano (tracks 1, 4–6, 15); piano (tracks 2, 8, 12–14); B3 (track 7); Rhodes (track 10)
  • Pavel Karlík – string engineering (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Nathan Kelly – string arrangement (track 1); co-orchestration, copyist (tracks 6, 11, 13)
  • Latimore – piano (tracks 3, 15); 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (track 15)
  • Delbert McClinton – harmonica (track 2)
  • William McFarlane – guitar (tracks 2, 8, 12)
  • Mr.G.e.v.Zoeller – original painting
  • Brian Nelson – executive producer, project coordination
  • Petr Pycha – orchestra contractor (tracks 1, 6, 11, 13)
  • Lowell Reynolds – assistant engineering
  • Tony Royster, Jr. – drums
  • Daniel Slezinger – additional photography
  • Charles Allen Smith – additional photography
  • Ted Tuthill – assistant engineering
  • David Venni – photography
  • Jeff Watkins – saxophones (tracks 5, 12)
  • Betty Wright – backing vocals (tracks 9, 11, 15)

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
Ireland 20 July 2012
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Warner Bros. [46][47][48][49]
Netherlands Warner [50][51][52][53]
United Kingdom Digital download Warner Bros. [54][55]
Germany 23 July 2012 Deluxe Warner [56]
United Kingdom CD
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Warner Bros. [57][58]
Australia 27 July 2012 Warner [59][60]
Digital download Standard [61]
Canada 31 July 2012
Universal [62][63]
Digital download
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[64][65]
United States
  • CD
  • digital download
[66][67][68][69]
LP Standard [70]
Germany 24 August 2012 CD
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Warner [71][72]
Japan 19 September 2012 Japan standard [25]
Italy 2 October 2012 Standard [73]
16 October 2012 Deluxe [74]

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