Relentless/EMI - 2004 - 72 minutes

While the covers album is now a regular detour for established artists (in the last few months alone we've had collections from The Twilight Singers, Paul Weller, David Kitt and The Beautiful South), starting your career with one is a braver step. But Joss Stone's 'The Soul Sessions' was a well-judged gamble - smart enough and short enough that it left an impression and you wanting more.

Now, just a year after its release, we've got 'Mind, Body & Soul' an album of originals that's overlong and makes it difficult to differentiate Stone from many others on the receiving end of a heartache. Stone needs a raw production (a la The White Stripes' 'Elephant') to get the best from her voice and these songs, instead everything here is too slick and too safe to stick.

Time to dust off those old records again - their grooves are the paths she needs to travel.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Right to Be Wrong - Jet Lag - You Had Me - Spoiled - Don't Cha Wanna Ride - Less Is More - Security - Young at Heart - Snakes and Ladders - Understand - Don't Know How - Torn and Tattered - Killing Time - Sleep Like a Child