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ALBUM REVIEW | REGGAE/R&B

Joss Stone, ‘Water for Your Soul’

Reggae music is perfect for these lazy, hazy days of summer, and there’s a lot of it on this enticing new album from Britain’s Joss Stone. The former teen sensation’s leap into reggae came after meeting Damian Marley during sessions for Superheavy, a band that also featured Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart. Stone and Marley co-wrote the rootsy, Peter Tosh-like groove of “Love Me” and the hip-hop-influenced “Wake Up,” in which Stone admits to being a “flower child” and blasts the music industry (“the suits took over”). This album came after she and her boyfriend traveled throughout Europe in a van — possibly partaking in smoky pastimes, if “Sensimilla” and “Harry’s Symphony’’ (in which she quotes Bob Marley’s famous line, “Excuse me while I light my spliff”) are any indication. Stone initially envisioned the album as an all-reggae effort, but then added songs that reflect her soul-R&B background, such as “Let Me Breathe” and the love plaint “Cut the Line.” The result is a great effort from a still-striving free spirit. (Out Friday)

STEVE MORSE

EssentiaL “Love Me”

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