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There's been a lot of attention given to the so-called neo-soul sound, most of it focused on male artists. So how come the folks making the best records are women? One spin of ex-Vertical Hold leader Angie Stone's solo debut and it's clear you are listening to a grown-ass woman, not some kid with stars in her eyes who's dictated to by a producer or three. No, the deeply felt grooves and offhand sexiness that make Black Diamond sparkle are things that can only come when you've lived a little. Like Macy Gray's On How Life Is and N'dea Davenport's criminally ignored self-titled disc, this is the wondrous sound a woman makes when she's free to create her own music but smart enough to keep the status quo satisfied. On tracks like the smoky "Green Grass Vapors" and "Everyday," Stone, with her rich Gladys Knight-like voice and finger-popping élan, conjures up soul's past without making herself a prisoner of it. Not surprisingly for this key collaborator on D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, Stone kicks a laid-back, fluid vibe, but her clear tone and off-kilter way with a melody make you sit up and pay attention. --Amy Linden

1. Freedom (intro) :42
2. No more rain (in this cloud) 4:42
3. Green grass vapors 4:14
4. Everyday 3:28
5. Coulda been you 4:25
6. Visions 3:31
7. Life story 4:07
8. Just a pimp 4:12
9. Trouble man 2:33
10. Bone 2 pic (wit U) 5:19
11. Man loves his money 4:11
12. Love junkie 4:18
13. Black Diamonds & blue pearls (interlude) 1:35
14. Heaven help 3:19 *

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00001O2UV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really love Angie Stone's smashing debut album "Black Diamond"!
Derek W.
Other strong tracks are Visions of you, Life story, Bone to pick and Love junkie. hese song more than make up for some of the weaker ones.
Todd Hampton
Highly, highly, highly recommended as it's one of the best discs I've heard in a long time.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A.J. McRill on May 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After many years of being behind the scenes in the music business as a songwriter, background singer, and front woman of the critically acclaimed but now defunct R&B group Vertical Hold, Angie Stone shines like a star on her debut CD "Black Diamond".
It is a joy to finally hear true R&B music that you can groove to without all of the booty-slaps, hoochie references and nasty lyrics that most artists today believe are necessary. Miss Stone bares her soul on this album with beautiful lyrics and downright funky rhythms.
Even though she samples from Gladys Knight on "No More Rain (In This Cloud)", she molds the song around lush harmonies and utilizes the sample to great effect. Certain rappers/producers should take note: This is how you sample a song!
"Life Story", "Everyday" and "Bone 2 Pick" are also strong cuts which all show how she can mix elements of old school with new school with astounding ease and effect. She pays tribute to legends like Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight while keeping up with contemporaries Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo.
This is definitely a CD that you do not want to miss out on. A Classic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "akwasijulius" on February 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If there is one Soul or R&B album you have to get this year make it this one by Angie Stone. This album would have you listening to it over and over and over and over again. I not going to single out any particular track because they are all very good. Most people might have heard the hit single "Life Story", like them this was the track that got me to notice Angie Stone for the first time. So when I checked out the reviews I was impressed by what other people said about the album, so I quickly went out and bought it. Well this album will have you experience real soul music the way it is suppose to. This is the bomb!!! A five star.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first time that I heard Angie Stone's song, NO MORE RAIN, I was automatically drawn to her soulful, breathtaking, and beautiful lyrics and voice. It was that song that drove me to buy her album, not knowing how her other songs would sound. I did have a feeling inside, though, that it would be a good album and I was right. While listening to her songs, it just gives you a beautiful, relaxed feeling on the inside with her soulful, head bopping beats. Her voice is just amazing and I would recommend this album for everyone to own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bsvanity" on March 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is worth any amount of money you pay for it. Yes, she may have snatched a few beats from a couple of originaters, but think about it, WHO HASN'T! Artists of today can't do what R&B creators did back in the day. They can't make there own beats and create ther songs without some type of influence. Angie Stone's "Black Diamond" is one of my favorite CDs because it is mellow and smooth. Every song in the CD has a beat to it that you could just nod to. To be honest, at first I really didn't like this CD. But as I listen to it more often, I began to feel the beats. Anyways, what I am trying to say is, is that if you haven't purchased this CD yet, you need to do so now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By foxyposner@earthlink.net on March 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been loving this album for months and I keep hearing how angie stone's music sounds like this or that other contemporary r&b or soul artist, some with terrific afros (macy gray, grenique, n'dambi) and some without (erykah badu, maxwell, d'angelo). some of them make great music, too, but angie stands alone right now, on a sublime level of deep, to-the-core-of-you soul music based on vocals, hooks, and bass, like they used to make in the sixties and seventies. this woman has made a work of art so felt, so powerful and fierce and full of light and hurt and strength and hard-earned joy, and so fully, imcomparably musical - it deserves to be recognized for the unique record it is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angie Rojas on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first purchased Black Diamond, I had heard "no more rain" & loved it! The Gladys Knight sample was nice! I was intrigued by the clarity & depth of Angie's voice & wanted more. WHen I bought the cd, I put it in & just let it play & you cannot do that with most of the R&B out today. Too many fillers, skits & plain garbage. I was very pleased with Black Diamond & have recommended it to many many people. IT AS A WHOLE IS A VERY BOLD STATEMENT OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE ALONG WITH SOME FEMINIST EMPOWERMENT, SOUTHERN CHARM AS WELL AS OLD-SCHOOL, FUNKY VOCAL BLESSINGS. GO COP THIS CD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John K. Reed on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately I cannot give any artist who makes use of samples as much as Miss Stone 5 stars although I feel that she has really created something truly original and satisfying with her use of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye music to name just a few of the artists that were sampled.
Part jazz, part fusion, part soul... it's great listening.
It's definitely a must have album but let's not go too far in our praise for work that is not entirely original.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With the lame teen pop dominating the popular music scene these days, I've gone elsewhere to find quality music. Having bought and enjoyed discs by Macy Gray and Mary J. Blige, Angie Stones' "Black Diamond" breaks from the pack and establishes herself as Queen of the Neo-Soul movement. The production, vocal arrangements and track sequencing are seamless. Sounding like equal parts Roberta Flack and Chaka Kahn it won't be long before Stone is a household name. The street buzz on this cd is incredible. Love "Visions" "No More Rain (In This Cloud)" and the awesome cover of Marvin Gayes "Trouble Man". You go girl -- I'll buy any and everything you put out as long as it holds up to this standard!
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