Jocee is living the dream whether or not anyone buys this.
She already makes a living with a residency at the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch, ran an acoustic music night for emerging artists with Pixie Lott for three years and is a member of the Urban Voices Collective. She has worked with Paloma Faith at The Proms, Labrinth at The Baftas and Lionel Richie on Surprise Surprise, and backed singers such as Josh Groban.
She’s already making a living doing what she loves, but this album should propel her to a larger audience. There’s a good living to be made dishing out soulful pop tunes.
OK, she’s doing nothing new and in places (Frogs) it goes a bit too Radio Two for us, but on the whole, it’s a classy collection.
Opener Learn To Miss You put us in mind of one of our guilty pleasures, soul / RnB singer Deniece Williams but elsewhere she serves up soul, funk, jazz and pop, with the sounds ranging from 70s soul (one bit gets close to the Starsky and Hutch theme, we feel) to cool pop, Just Love’s bass line surely having escaped from the Hall and Oates laptop.
She’s got a top-notch band (whom she goes round and thanks at one stage, she’s probably so good they just recorded all this live in a couple of takes). It’s not in the easy listening genre but it’s very easy on the ear; the army of people who bought Joss Stone’s albums will love it, and we think it’s got more to it than anything Ms Stone put out.