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Angie Stone - Unexpected (2010) Retail CD
On her second album for Concordís Stax imprint (and fourth overall), Angie Stone delves deeper into funk and hip-hop than on her previous outings. Her last offering, The Art of Love & War, was a critical and commercial triumph for the vastly underrated vocalist, and topped the Billboard chart. With a slew of producers including Sly Williams, Willie ďChuckĒ Shivers, Karrim King and Fitzroy Reid, Steven ďSupeĒ White, Jonathan Richmond, Jazze Pha, and Stone herself, these dozen tracks continue to reveal her versatility as a vocalist and recording artist; she can sing whatever it is she wants to withmore… equal verve, authenticity, and flair. Despite the slicker and more diverse sounds on Unexpected, the soul quotient is high, even if this isnít strictly a neo-soul album. The new beat consciousness reveals itself most on the title track, which is hard funk at its 2009 best. Cuts such as ďFreeĒ might have come right out of the 1990s with their use of careening synths, shimmering hip-hop beats, and colliding loops. But the melody is solid, its chorus and refrain catchy. ďI Found a KeeperĒ is another; its production, arrangement, and structure actually feel like it was recorded in the 1990s — and is at least reminiscent in spirit to material by the trio MoKenStef. But these are not complaints. Stoneís voice is so strident and drenched in soul that even the harpsichord sound on the latter track canít overpower it. The one complaint is the utterly unnecessary use of Auto-Tune on a beautiful song like ďTell MeĒ — the synths and dancefloor beats are one thing, but the inclusion of this device just feels plain alien on this track. For fans worried that Stone abandoned her old-school sound completely, they neednít worry. The first single, ďI Ainít Heariní You,Ē is drenched in neo-soul grooves, as are ďThink Sometimes,Ē ďI Donít Care,Ē and the gorgeous ballads ďAll Over Your BodyĒ and ďWhy Is It.Ē If one goes back to Angie Stoneís debut album, Black Diamond, and follows the progression of her sound, it will be obvious that there has been a continued and restless path of growth and experimentation. Unexpected simply feels like a leap more than a step.
|2||I Ain√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt Hearin√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘ U|
|5||Hey Mr. DJ|
|6||Kiss All Over Your Body|
|7||I Don√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘt Care|
|8||Why Is It|
|11||I Found A Keeper|
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