Another track with an outstanding vocal performance is the album's first single, the sassy, uptempo "Put Your Hands On Me:" "Baby I'm hungry, I want it, I need it, bring me your sugar and pour it all over me, baby," she sings at one point.
Other than Common, there's only one other guest vocal performance on the album, by Lauryn Hill, who appears on the song "Music." On the track, Joss holds up her end of the bargain by giving an above-average performance, singing about how much music means to her. But the track is thrown off by a complex and densely-layered rap/spoken word performance by Lauryn. Lauryn, once one of the music industry's shining stars, clearly has a message to give on the song, but it takes so much time and effort to decipher what she's saying on "Music" that her vocals become an unneeded distraction.
Some songs, like "Proper Nice" (a falling-in-love story) and "Bad Habit" (about not being able to stop dating a boy who brings more bad times than good) are so full of cliches they're actually boring, despite Joss's usual powerhouse vocal performances.
The best song on the second half of the album by far is the 13th track, "What Were We Thinking," an emotional tour de force: "Try to turn it off, but it's hard to see, through this emptiness, slowly breaking me, maybe hurt me just a little less, then I can start to breathe" she sings, with pain and hurt in her voice.
So for those who have followed Joss Stone through some, most or all of her career, the good news is: Introducing Joss Stone is definitely her best album so far. The bad news? Like the young Mariah Carey, Joss still hasn't completely learned to harness her bold, marvelous voice and she's still getting by to some extent on raw talent.
But there's more good news: it's evident by this album that Joss is still growing as an artist, and as long as she continues to grow and evolve, she'll eventually rise to the top of her field.