Angie Stone-”Mahogany Soul
Old Angie’s been generating a storm of praise in the States from the release of Mahogany Soul , and its subsequent release over here will make it obvious to Australians why the insanely talented soulstress is inspiring so much awe. Stone is an artist who has effortlessly cut her way through the stifling crowd of less talented wannabes in her genre to step confidently to the front of the soul and R&B queue. The reason Stone does it so easily is that her work is a breathing embodiment of pure, deep down and seductive soul. This traditionalist alignment could have been risky for Stone. Most of Stone’s contemporaries of the past few years have been nudged by record companies towards blending references to authentic soul with tinny two-step rhythms, pop licks and sex, sex, sex in order to open the door to impressive record sales. By taking the path of the purist, Stone could have been saying goodbye to legitimate chart success. Instead, the flair and sincerity Stone brings to her work on Mahogany Soul may have the potential to change the way the industry sees the future of soul and R&B. That is, sex is in the sound, not in the amount of arse shots in the video clip.