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The Art of Love and War

Angie StoneAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Take Everything In 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Baby [feat. Betty Wright] 4:50$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Here We Go Again 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Make It Last 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sometimes 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Half A Chance 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. These Are The Reasons 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. My People [feat. James Ingram] 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sit Down 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Play Wit It 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Wait For Me 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Happy Being Me [feat. Pauletta Washington] 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Angie Stone has soul to burn, as hordes of breathless fans who stand by the excellence of 2004's Stone Love know, and despite a change in record labels and hairdos, her mighty reserves haven't dwindled--The Art of Love and War, on the re-launched Stax label, is as full-bodied an affair as this old-school-leaning, incessantly self-exploring diva has delivered. The comparisons to Jill Scott should dead-end here: Songs like "Baby," with the gospel great Betty Wright, and "Sometimes," with backing singers who strut right through the beat and into the part of the brain that makes swaying happen, are all Angie. Which is to say their edges are never going to need sharpening, but they're also porous enough to let in softness and a sense of hard-won maturity. A couple of late-disc numbers pull off the excellent feat of also letting the funk in--"Play Wit It" captures a Lauryn Hill kind of cool, groovy but substantial, and "Pop Pop" goes for (and achieves) full-on fizziness with an undercurrent of sophistication. --Tammy La Gorce

More from Angie Stone

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Life Goes On

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Stone Love

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Product Description

The highly anticipated 2007 album from the R&B diva, released on the newly re-activated Stax label. Angie's mix of Neo-Soul, Gospel and Funk mixes 'old school' with a modern sophistication. Includes the new hit single 'Baby' featuring the legendary Betty Wright and 'My People' with the incomparable James Ingram. Stax.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Raw Soul October 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
One day in October 2005, I was innocently walking down the aisles of my favorite music store. My eyes wandered back and forth until they locked on the little row of Angie Stone albums. I saw a cover picture that I'd never seen before and I was curious. I have all three of her wonderful albums released thus far... what could this be? As I stepped closer, my heart skipped a beat. 'Stone Hits: The Very Best of Angie Stone'?! A terribly random tracklisting with an incredibly ameteur photoshopped cover to boot? And it's officially executive produced by Ms. Stone herself, and not just of those cheap 'Sony specical divisions' compilations sold for $6.99? I immediately knew it was probably a way to make quick money and to fulfill her contract with J Records, but a question that I could not ignore rang in my head: is this the end of Angie Stone's music-making career? And I almost cried when I saw her name on the roster for VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 3, which, quite frankly, is a way for has-beens to make a quick buck and maybe gain a little exposure.

So you can only imagine the 'halelujahs' I shouted when I saw her video for "Baby" on TV one fine summer day. After finally accepting the fact that one of my favorite singers was gone from the industry for good, here she comes out of nowhere! The song, a collaboration with soul legend Betty Wright, remains one of my favorites off the album. The two ladies' layered harmonies over the bass-heavy and simplistic production proved to be an excellent first single. The song tells of the classic tale of a lover who forgets about the people who helped him make it to the top. (The songs is obviously about Angie's past relationship with D'Angelo).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the art of real music October 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
With a voice just as good as jill scott and lyrics to match. Angie has snapped with yet another album of soulful feel good music. It is good to hear music for grown ups still exists and Angie is bringing the thunder for those that know how to appreciate good music. With solid production to cap the album off, this is a great release for your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not consider any1 rating less than a 4.... October 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Angie's cd is jazzy sexy... This cd is soooo nice. I love the Angie and Betty Wright collab...wonderful. I have this and Jill Scott's on constant rotation. If you're over 35 damn near 40 then you will appreciate the neo-jazz sound for which Ms. Stone is known to bring. Keep doing you Ang!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throw the "Stone", but DON'T hide your hand! December 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There isn't one negative thing I can say about Angie Stone. I have read and seen her in several interviews, and she appears to be a grounded, sweet and sincere individual. I have her entire discography ("Black Diamond", "Mahogany Soul", "Stone Love" and "The Art of Love and War"), and all of her albums are good, if not magnificent. "The Art of Love and War" easily falls under the magnificent category. With her pure, beautiful voice, her meaningful lyrics and the very impressive production on this album, there should be no question as to why she is one of Neo-Soul's most respected and skilled artists.

After listening to "The Art of Love and War", I wanted more Angie Stone, so I replayed some of my favorite cuts from the album. This album is inundated with midtempos and slower cuts, but it's always nice to have an album with a relaxed feel. What I like most about her is her ability to harmonize with herself. Her harmonies are just splendid! The first song on an album should be one of the best, because if it's not a strong cut, it could cause the listener to turn the album off altogether. The first track on this album is called "Take Everything In", and it's the album's best cut! The lyrics and the hook are what makes this song shine. "Baby" lacks creativity, and ultimately it's one of the album's weaker cuts, but it's still worth listening to. There is a lot of piano and percussion on this album (Yay! My two favorite instruments!). "Half a Chance" is a piano ballad and lyrically it's a good song. The harmonica found on "Happy Being Me" reminds me of "That's What Friends Are For." This song is about being truly happy with yourself regardless of trivial flaws. I was impressed with it, Angie outdid herself, but doesn't she always?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE ANGIE STONE!! December 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Angie Stone reminds me of Gladys Knight or someone of that caliber from the old days. This album is so smooth... it goes from loving someone to being unhappy in a relationship and coming to grips with what needs to be done to fix it or to leave it alone. This is a good buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK CD! December 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like Angie Stone.....I am going to buy whatever product she put's out.....this CD is not as good as "Brotha", but an enjoyable listen.....the duet with Betty Wright is the standout song!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best R&B/Soul CD of the Year! November 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Angie Stone is incredibly talented. This cd is a great display of her abilities and truly sets her above all of her contemporaries. Best tracks in my opinion are These Are the Reasons, Baby, Half a Chance, and Make it Last. In the past, I wasn't all that crazy about her material but this cd is different. The love and war theme is obvious but nothing screams angry, black woman or mad as hell. It chronicles the good and the bad of relationships with equal parts joy and pain. This woman is a master at her craft and she has stepped up her game with this cd. Its a must buy. You won't be disappointed. Buy it now. Stop thinking it over. Just do it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good album my fav song happy being me also covered in gospel Donald Lawrence
Published 9 days ago by wyse 1
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
angie stone has always been one of the best vocalist in the game*she takes you on a personal journey in this cd and it's a awesome great to have from angie stone!
Published 2 months ago by trev jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
another great one by Ms stone. all the songs are great no need to push to the next song the whole cd is a must hear
Published 3 months ago by easye
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Great To Be Overlooked
One of the Best albums and slept on Artist out there. Just like Anthony Hamilton; They both deliver Greatness everytime with Amazing sounds. I wish they would colab. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mysticstyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!
I love Angie Stone! More importantly, the fact that her words on every track are meaningful, PRICELES$! Ladies, if you don't have this CD get it! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this CD
Yes I loved this CD all the songs and especially My People. Its a great CD to dance to and to wind down to. Some songs are R&B others have a touch of Soul. I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Miss O'rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Angie At Her Best
i just love this cd. Does Anyone Recall When Angie Had A Group Called "Vertical Hold"? Oh Man!!!!! She Was Off The Chain.. She Really Sings From Her Heart. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Queen Of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Angie is a beast (fyi, that's a good, no a great thing!!) she just keeps bringin it to you. her knowledge and history of music def shows and plays in her albums. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by karima
4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Love and War
`The Art of Love and War' is the first Angie Stone album I bought and it is a fairly good representation of her style. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy being Angie
The thing I've always liked about Angie Stone is how unpretentious she is. As much as I love the "neo soul" (there's alot of controversy surrounding that label, but I digress)... Read more
Published on August 22, 2010 by rmcrae
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