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Album Review

Accomplished neo-soul queen Angie Stone's second solo outing, Mahogany Soul, delivers more of the organic, gritty, rootsy yet sophisticated soul which put her on the map as a solo artist. The production is great and the songs are funky, mature, and intelligent, but when she truly shines is when she actually spreads her wings and glides away from her neo-soul trappings, which she manages effortlessly. The album's true gem is the smoldering, gorgeous, aching "Wish I Didn't Miss You," which pulls forward with an unstoppable beat and features a stellar, yearning performance from Miss Stone. Other highlights include the mesmerizing first single (produced by Raphael Saadiq), "Brotha," which draws the listener in with its atypical, almost hypnotizing beat. "Snowflakes" is a lighter-than-air, breezy winner, and her duet with Musiq Soulchild, "The Ingredients of Love," is silky, funky, and sweet. The album tends to wane toward the second half, with just a little too much emphasis on the neo-soul recipe, but nonetheless remains engaging with other winners like "20 Dollars," the sweet and easy "Life Goes On," and the organ-enhanced "Time of the Month" popping up to maintain the listener's interest. Despite a few lulls, Mahogany Soul stands as one of the best R&B albums of 2001 and keeps the listener anxiously waiting to see what Angie Stone will do next. ~ Jose F. Promis, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A song for any mood...

Ms. Stone has such a diverse emotional range, there is a song for any mood on this album. You can get crunk ('Brotha', 'Wish I didn't miss you') or mellow out ('More than a woman') . You can laugh ('20 Dollars') or you can feel sad ('Time of the month') with the lyrics. Her tracks draw from the "Greats", Ojays and Curtis Mayfield. There is just so much soul in her sound, you can't go wrong with this album. I love her sound from start to finish!

Mahogany Soul

Angie Stone is the voice of southern soul. The kind of voice that invites you to listen. I thank her for her soulfulness and warmth. This certainly is a women who has experienced life and dealt with it on her own terms, just listen.

Gem

This is one of the most underrated neo-soul albums of all time. Angie brings the flavor, the talent, and the emotion on every record, but there's something about Mahogany Soul that is timeless. She is a gem to the music industry and continues to be underappreciated in the r&b community at large. Check her out, it's worth the listen.

Biography

Born: January 30, 1961 in Columbia, SC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer, MC, self-taught keyboardist, and prolific songwriter, Angie Stone's first claim to fame was her membership in the Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill, beginning with the 1979 single "Funk You Up." Several years later, she re-emerged as the lead vocalist for Vertical Hold, where she scored with the smooth urban dance track "Seems You're Much Too Busy," a Top 40 R&B hit during the summer of 1993 that led to very productive solo career. With...
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