Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Jo Stance (2010)


"The Stance Brothers Introduces A Magnificent New Talent"

A great new vintage soul album made by a couple of Finnish musicians that obviously listen to their fair share of all flavors of '60s R&B music (Stax, Motown, Philly, etc).  To my ear, the horns and syncopation give it more of Stax feel while the vocals have a Motown sound.  Hard to explain; check out the samples on the MySpace page (MySpace is still a thing, apparently). Top notch songwriting and performances, particularly Jo's powerhouse vocals that would put Adele to shame.  Jo brings it on every track. I also like the inclusion of vibraphone in the instrumentation.  The analog production is just raw enough to make you think you might actually be listening to something recorded 45 years earlier.  This thing cooks.  The group's MySpace site claims that this album is "soulful to the bone and with just the right amount of roughness around the edges, Jo Stance is a winner."  Agreed.

I just bought this CD last year and it's already hard to find, but downloads are readily available.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: The album opens with a great one-two punch of Changes followed by Hey Girl!. Other favorites include Gone, Sticky, I'll Find You, Until Tomorrow, and Shout.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  I bought this based on a tumblr post by Nick over at Best Roof Talk Ever.  Nick influences my musical purchases more than he's probably aware of.

Previously revisited for the blog:
The Stance Brothers - Kind Soul (2007)

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