MUSIC REVIEW: Angie Stone’s Mahogany Soul: The New Queen of Soul~Originally Published in The Black Reign Community Newspaper (2001)~ Written By Daphne D. Williams
BROOKLYN, NY~ Soul Sister #1, Angie Stone is a God-gifted, powerful, talented woman to be reckoned with. She gives her listeners soul from the fiber of ther being. She vocalizes with such conviction on her new album Mahogany Soul.
Stone’s sound is a new kind of soul with a rhythm and blues’ appeal that is so old school you think your listening to dynamic teacher & singer, Betty Wright- especially on the Life Goes On track. Stone takes you on a harmonizing soul train ride that guides you on the up, and downs of relationship, then basically tells you to brush yourself off becasue life goes does on.
Closed fist raised in the air, type of attitude yet with a gentle touch that comforts any aching heart. Stone is breaking new ground in soul music. She puts you back in the 70’s -Black Power!; Sisters empowered, strong, black, proud, and embracing their hips, lips, and beauty. Her sound, like her look, is raw and Afrocentric with a spice of creativity. A unique and passionate songstress, Angie Stone is a positive sister that keeps it real tells it like it is and how it is going to be.
Like the music video, this critic’s favorite song of all is Brotha, with lyrics as strong as the Black men she sings about. Some of the lyrics are: …He’s misunderstood some say that he’s up to no good…/and for your information a lot of my brothers got education/you got your wall street brotha/your blue collar brotha/your down for what ever brother…/and to everyone of you’ll behind bars, remember Angie loves you.
Angie Stones takes you back to a red lit room when parties and life seemed safe and love was carefree. The lyrics make you snap you fingers, close your eyes and become mesmerized by the convicting words and every beat.
Image credit: Angie Stone Photograph by Platon
In Collaboration with Musiq Soulchild, Stone gives out a recipe for The Ingredients of Love-an ounce of honesty & innocence/ a cup of loyalty/a tablespoon of attitude…/2 quarts of intelligence and a gallon of righteousness. With her talent and love for the written word through song, Ms. Stone will have longevity in the music business.