Colour Me Free (2009) Joss Stone has been publicly battling her label for some time, and she may not be done, with a first single that ends with her… 2009-10-20 Joss Stone Pop
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Colour Me Free (2009)

Joss Stone | POP CHANTEUSE Joss Stone
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POP CHANTEUSE Joss Stone
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 20, 2009; Lead Performance: Joss Stone; Genre: Pop

Joss Stone has been publicly battling her label for some time, and she may not be done, with a first single that ends with her wailing ''Free me, EMI!'' Any tiffs mostly get translated into romantic tension, though, and the first half of her fourth album is the best set of music she's done — especially ''Could Have Been You,'' which throws an off-the-beat piano riff on top of a proto-‚Ä®typical Al Green groove and Stone's controlled regret. The second half succumbs to R&B overproducers, unfortunately, but for a while, she's on the right freedom trail. B

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Originally posted Oct 14, 2009 Published in issue #1072 Oct 23, 2009 Order article reprints