Joss Stone has been named the mag’s Reggae Artist Of The Year for her album Water For Your Soul, and PEOPLE. ARE. PISSED.
That album was also named Billboard’s Reggae Album Of The Year, narrowly beating out Easy Skankin’ In Boston ’78, a live album by none other than Bob Marley and the Wailers! Which is weird, because I’m sure there’s other reggae music out there beside this British white lady’s and Bob Marley. Right?
Steven Horowitz, a Billboard Magazine writer, wasn’t feeling the accolade, saying:
“For more than a decade, Joss Stone has been a serial genre-hopper. Switching from R&B to blues, funk to rock, the 28-year-old Brit has powered six albums with soulful vocals beyond her years. The songs are technically impressive, as expected from Stone, but unconvincing.”
So he’s not saying he doesn’t dig her work, but it’s more like, “okay, we get what she does but her album doesn’t really deserve this kind of award.” Of course, people took to twitter being like, UH, NO.
Reggae connoisseurs (and I know there are a LOT of you who read this site): check out some of the album, here, and decide for yourself if it holds its water!