Third Stone from the Scum
Am I the only person in the world (aside from Paul Morley on Late Review) who thinks that Joss Stone is fucking awful? I can't detect any of this powerful emotion in her voice that every other critic and his dog seems to be howling about from the column-tops. All I get is economy-pack soul, the high-brow equivalent of pre-pubescent girls at a wedding doing the moves to the Macarena. I'm not for a minute suggesting that it doesn't have a right to exist, but a little proportion please... for once questions of whether she's a higher class of svengali-spun popstrel are irrelevant; the voice just isn't good enough to warrant all the attention.