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Snap Judgment: Joss Stone's 'Tell Me 'bout It'

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Joss_lAOL Music has an exclusive first listen to Joss Stone‘s new single, “Tell Me ’bout It” (from the upcoming Introducing Joss Stone) — so exclusive, in fact, that I can’t seem to hear it on either a Mac or a PC. (Is anyone else having that problem?) The good news is, however, that Beauty N The Beat also has the track streaming today, so I decided to give it a listen there.

Now in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve always felt a little lukewarm about Stone. Yeah, she’s got a big voice for one so young, but the material on her previous records always let me saying “Meh.” In that regard, “Tell Me ’bout It,” written by Stone and Raphael Saadiq, is an improvement. There’s shades of Xtina’s “Ain’t No Other Man” and some of Candi Staton‘s ’70s soul stuff in the track’s scratchy beat and funky bassline, and Stone is a capable wailer. But after a couple listens, I keep on feeling like the track is like a car that sits in the driveway revving its motor; there’s potential under the hood, but it never really goes anywhere.

What think you, PopWatchers? Does Stone have a winner with “Tell Me ’bout It,” or should it instead be discarded in the box to the left? Tell us ’bout it in the comments section — stat!

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