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Album Review

Indeed, this is Mint Condition's seventh studio album, released almost 20 years after the first. The self-referencing title track — a brief hip-hop interlude — is the only instance where the band looks back. Though they’ve kept to the vivid “all the way live” sound that emphasizes their aptitude as instrumentalists, they continue to develop their writing, making relatable and uplifting songs that leave a lasting impression. As always, the material is designed for performance. Had MC played this album for fans expecting old material, hearing “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” would have become an afterthought around the transition from the anguished, slow-pounding opener “Can’t Get Away” to the strutting funk jam “I Want It.” On these songs, heavy synthesizer bass and strapping bass guitar work in tandem to make some of the band’s hardest rhythms. At least three other songs would be worthy of inclusion on a Mint Condition best-of: the elegant, midtempo “Walk On” and “Mind Slicker” were evidently inspired by a bad relationship, while “Not My Daddy,” featuring Kelly Price, was written by Price and Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary) but sounds like classic Mint Condition. It’s a shame this band gets a small fraction of the airplay granted to those who have followed in their footsteps (Ne-Yo, for one). Two decades into their career, they're making some of their best music.

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The best R&B band

They are still by far the best R&B band from the 90's that still has that raw honest sound without trickery. My favorite track so far is the last one" Twenty Years Later". It's brilliant because it sneaks up on you and with Stockley's vocals, it climaxes into the stratosphere.

Biography

Formed: St. Paul, MN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in the early '80s in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mint Condition began as lead singer Stokley Williams, guitarist Homer O'Dell, keyboardist Larry Waddell, keyboardist/saxophonist Jeff Allen, keyboardist/guitarist Keri Lewis, and guitarist/bassist Rick Kinchen. The six talented musicians combined a variety of influences and experiences to shape their own sound. Williams began playing classic West African instruments at the age of four, while O'Dell grew up listening to his father play blues bass and...
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