After a few career mis-steps and hair style malfunctions, Joss Stone is back doing what she does best on this triumphant return to form. That collaboration with the Mick Jagger-helmed vanity project Super Heavy (they sank without trace last year) should be forgotten as she's re-grouped in Nashville with a band of stellar talents including Ernie Isley, veteran blues rocker Delbert McClinton and Muscle Shoals player Clayton Ivey to record this high-octane set of soul classics. Her barn-storming cover of The Chi Lites’ (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to The People is a glorious bass a-popping, jumpin’ and a-pumpin’ tour de force on which Stone’s towering voice will remind you what the fuss was all about when she first broke through ten years ago. A cover of Womack and Womack’s peerless Teardrops doesn’t bring much to the original but it’s another sign of the calibre of song choice here. The Love We Had by The Dells is stunning but the real stand out is her take on Sylvia’s 1976 hit Pillow Talk on which Stone delivers a bravado performance of real heartfelt emotion. It’s good to see the Devon gal back playing her to her strengths and sounding like she’s really enjoying herself.

Alan Corr