Raphael Saadiq
Stone Rollin'


5.0
classic

Review

by Griff Fuller Jr. USER (11 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2011 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vicariously relive the birth of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul music in an outstanding throwback masterpiece.

Tony! Toni! Toné! was one of the most talented and eclectic R&B groups in the ‘90s. The original lineup disbanded in 1998, leaving its members to participate in other music groups or solo projects. Most prominent is multi-instrumentalist, Raphael Saadiq. His first two solo albums, Instant Village and Ray Ray received general acclaim, but his 2008 album The Way I See It received raving reviews, making most Best of 2008 music lists.

Stone Rollin’ is an expansion of the vintage soul sound heard on The Way I See It, but instead of the smooth Motown-esque influence, Saadiq channels the more amplified side of early black pop music. What sets Saadiq apart from his contemporaries are his outstanding talents and intricate approach to composing music. He manages to perfectly produce music that is authentically retro, yet still contemporary.

While many other current artists are influenced by ‘60s and ‘70s rock and incorporate that into their music, Saadiq digs deeper and pulls from early rock and roll pioneers such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Howlin’ Wolf. The title track is drenched in the blues, while “Over You” sounds like a Hendrix b-side. “Day Dreams” is a solid Ray Charles country and western throwback, while the powerful closing track “The Answer” is so gorgeous and robust, that it could have easily been composed by Curtis Mayfield 40 years ago. Like Mayfield, Prince, and Rick James, Raphael Saadiq is a genius in his own time- an outstanding musical prodigy who have no limitations with his approach to making music.

Stone Rollin’ isn’t just another vintage throwback album. It is America’s rock and roll and rhythm and blues history relived on record from a contemporary artist. It is a shining example of the kind of immaculate and epic songwriting that current artists have grown further and further away from. There are no big super-producers. There is no team of writers. It is just one incredibly talented and gifted man with the desire to produce quality music. Each song on the album is so impressive that it could easily be mistaken for a cover, but all 10 songs were written or co-written by Saadiq himself. Twenty-three years ago, in his youth, Saadiq released cutting-edge R&B music with his band (yes, band- Tony! Toni! Toné! played their own instruments). Today he continues to leave music-lovers in awe, getting more and more impressive with the passing of time.



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BSX
June 18th 2011


1633 Comments


Pos'd

shazwagon
July 8th 2011


84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome!

lancebramsay
July 21st 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been a big fan of Saadiq for some time now. I have been disappointed that this album hasn't been receiving the attention it deserves.

Very, very solid review - pos'd!

lancebramsay
August 14th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album needs more

eonbluekarma
August 28th 2011


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as review suggests. However, this album has soul.

lancebramsay
September 24th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvSj4zlu-Yk
^check my video review of this album ;)

Kiran
Emeritus
November 7th 2011


6001 Comments


this album!



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