The Soul Sessions (2003) We admit the idea of a pretty 16-year-old white girl from England fronting a band of Miami soul veterans -- Betty Wright, Little Beaver, Latimore… 2003-09-16 Joss Stone R&B
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The Soul Sessions (2003)

Joss Stone | SET IN 'STONE' Joss knows how to work it despite covering songs written before she was born
Image credit: Joss Stone: Raul Rubiera/Miami Herald/NewsCom
SET IN 'STONE' Joss knows how to work it despite covering songs written before she was born

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2003; Lead Performance: Joss Stone; Genre: R&B

We admit the idea of a pretty 16-year-old white girl from England fronting a band of Miami soul veterans -- Betty Wright, Little Beaver, Latimore -- and covering songs written before she was born smacks of cynical marketing. Thing is, Joss Stone does have an extraordinary voice, and the only misguided ploy on The Soul Sessions is a Roots-produced slo-mo cover of a White Stripes tune (''Fell in Love With a Boy''). And even that's pretty good.

Originally posted Oct 10, 2003 Published in issue #732 Oct 10, 2003 Order article reprints