Angie Stone
Credit: Angie Stone Photograph by Platon

Mahogany Soul


In between paying homage to LaBelle, the O’Jays, Curtis, Marvin, and other R&B avatars, neo-soul gal Stone comes up with some corking-good tracks, like the ace ”Bottles and Cans” (”I’d rather be picking up bottles and cans/ If you can’t be my man”) and the easy-grooving ”Brotha,” her tribute to black men. But too often Mahogany Souls falls into the same artistic cul-de-sac that made D’Angelo’s ”Voodoo” more admirable than enjoyable; the preponderance of tastefully atmospheric filler topped with melismatic vocal athletics makes ”Mahogany” more so-so than soulful.

Mahogany Soul
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