Joss Stone gets intimate Under The Bridge in London | Live Review

By track two of her sold out, intimate show, powerfully soulful singer Joss Stone inspired a school boy crush on every single member of the audience at London venue Under The Bridge on June 6. Having sold 11 million albums by the age of 24, the Devon-raised songstress seems to be secure in the knowledge that she’s got us whipped; with bare feet, untamed hair and a show which may have been deemed unprofessional, had it not been so damn enchanting.

“I’ve had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction,” laughed Joss within minutes of the show starting. “I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to sing this song holding my boob.”

Starting as she means to go on, the remainder of the night was filled with glimpses of a carefree Joss, twirling and laughing on stage as she belted out a selection of cover versions – the likes of Womack and Womack‘s classic jam “Teardrops” – as well as songs old and new to an adoring audience

While the night was predominantly aimed at revealing new material from her upcoming album Soul Sessions Volume 2, “we’re also going to do some old ones… so as not to bore you,” she joked before belting out her 2003 debut single “Fell In Love With A Boy,” from her The Soul Sessions LP, and “You Had Me” from her sophomore Mind Body & Soul.

Whilst the older tunes may have inspired more activity from a crowd who seemed to immensely enjoy singing, swaying along, the new cuts were equally endearing. The singer alternated between squeezing her eyes passionately shut and avidly watching the crowd for their reaction to the new material; including “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People,” as well “The Love We Had” and the first single from the album – “While You’re Out Looking For Sugar.”

With an almost pop/R&B feel, it’s clear to see why the track has been selected as a single. And despite its instantly alluring, catchy quality with a voice suggestive of someone who must have seen ample pain, the more down tempo tracks performed are arguably better suited to Stone’s passion and deeply resounding, sultry intonations.

Inviting the audience into her world, Joss appeared to be colluding with them at several points throughout the night. “No, this isn’t the one,” she playfully told the keyboard player before humming the song she wanted to sing and conspiratorially rolling her eyes at the audience.

Further adding to the laid back and intimate vibe transcending the venue that night, Joss and backing singers are urged back on stage by a deafening demand for an encore.

Re-appearing wielding a camera, one of the backing singers proceeded to snap photos of the audience, before a request-and-deliver session yielded “Drive All Night” and an attempt at “Parallel Lines” – “Oh, I don’t remember how it goes,” laughed Joss mid way through. “This is a terrible plan,” she joked.

Based solely on talent and the crux of it all – enjoying every moment – Stone offered a musical haven far removed from pretence, and a most memorable night.

Watch more videos from the night at JossStoneTV.

The Soul Sessions Volume 2 is set for UK release on July 23 via Stone’d Records/S-Curve/Warner Music and July 31 in the US. Catch Joss Stone performing at the Highline Ballroom in New York on June 20.

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