Joss Stone: Raul Rubiera/Miami Herald/NewsCom
October 10, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

We admit the idea of a pretty 16-year-old white girl from England fronting a band of Miami soul veterans — Betty Wright, Little Beaver, Latimore — and covering songs written before she was born smacks of cynical marketing. Thing is, Joss Stone does have an extraordinary voice, and the only misguided ploy on The Soul Sessions is a Roots-produced slo-mo cover of a White Stripes tune (”Fell in Love With a Boy”). And even that’s pretty good.

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