Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Tony Toni Tone|
Sons of Soul
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Sons of Soul is the third album from Tony! Toni! Tone! and one of 1993's best efforts from any quarter. The Oakland trio (which contains no one named Toni) drew its inspiration for this project from such childhood heroes a... more »
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Sons of Soul is the third album from Tony! Toni! Tone! and one of 1993's best efforts from any quarter. The Oakland trio (which contains no one named Toni) drew its inspiration for this project from such childhood heroes as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Sly Stone, but they have transformed those materials with up-to-date hip-hop and Caribbean flavors. Much more important than the influences, old or new, is the high quality of Ray Wiggins' singing and songwriting, which marries rhythm, melody and meaning as effectively as his heroes once did. --Geoffrey Himes
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An All Time Favorite (5 Stars)
Norfeest | Washington DC USA | 05/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone that knows me knows that I don't just hand an album 5 stars. In order for me to say an album is 5 stars, it has to be flawless. This album is flawless. I bought this album in 1993 when it first came out and I STILL have this CD in heavy rotation. This group is SOOOOOOOOOO underrated that it should be considered a crime. There isn't one bad song on this album. Raphael Saadiq and Dwayne Wiggins are the genius front men for a group that got almost no attention after this album when they should've been selling out tours(maybe because their next album, while it wasn't completely terrible, was nowhere close to this album). These guys blend reggae, hip hop, funk, and r&b together to make one the most sonically cohesive albums I've ever heard. Like I said, there isn't one bad song on this album. You can put it in your CD player and let it ride from start to finish without skipping a single song. R&B nowadays doesn't even come close to this album (really, R&B back then didn't come close to this album either). This is a 5 star CD people. I know Amazon / CD Now people like to throw around their 5 star ratings, but take it from someone who is very cautious with his 5 star ratings. This is a classic album. Do yourself a favor and go get it if you haven't already heard it by now.Standout Tracks: What Goes Around Comes Around, I Couldn't Keep It To Myself, My Ex Girlfriend, Leavin' (My Favorite), Tell Me Mama, (Lay Your Head On My) Pillow, Anniversary, Fun,....hell, the whole CD is a standout. Pick one."
The Harbingers of Retro-soul
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 11/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is obvious from opening strains of "If I Had No Loot" (Cut # 1) that this is going to be a trip down familiar R & B territory. Wonderful tracks like the eerily Gaye-esque "What Goes Around Comes Around", the Sly Stone-influenced "My Ex-Girlfriend", "Leavin'", "Slow Wine", "(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow", "Fun" and the monster smash "Anniversary" pay homage to the solo artists and groups of the 60's, 70's and 80's that preceded TTT.
Raphael's distinctive lead vocals, effective backup vocals and superlative instrumental support make for a dazzling musical excursion.Current "trendsetters" like Musiq and India Arie can actually look back at this release as the precursor in the neo-soul movement."
Nothing like It
WildChild | 08/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd heard the Tony's songs on the radio in the 90's but never knew enough to go and buy their music. I didn't buy one of their albums until 2001 and haven't stopped since. This album is definitely a classic; I listen to it at least once a day. My favorite tracks are Tell Me Mama, Gangsta Groove, Slow Wine, Fun, Anniversary, and even Castleers. This si their best album, but only a little better than House of Music. Raphael said on a recent Tom Joyner interview the group was getting back together and I hope their music finds a whole new audience."