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Album Review

It's more than a little ironic how, back in 1991, Mint Condition were considered something of a novelty — being an R&B band in the truest sense — when they've now outlasted just about every group, producer-driven or not, regardless of style, that formed around the same time. Nearly 20 years in the business, Mint Condition are on just their sixth studio album, but identifying a truly weak link in their discography is impossible. The consistency continues on E-Life, a Mint Condition release as durable as any other. Opening track "Baby Boy Baby Girl," featuring Anthony Hamilton, was a bold choice for a first single, as it's a spirited, touching tribute to kids' unconditional love for their dads. Though there are other songs with similarly uncommon forms of inspiration, much of the album deals in universal romantic matters that just about any listener can find relatable: being suspicious of cheating on "Somethin'," enduring relationships on "Just Can't Believe," communication issues on "Nothing Left to Say," and dead ends on "Back and Forth," a driving jam that deserves heavy rotation on every adult R&B station. And, of course, there are a couple romantic ballads, like "Queen of Come Here Go Away," which recalls the Isley Brothers' spaced-out, sparsely arranged quiet storms. Again, the band holds back on the natural impulse to show off, never failing to serve the song first.

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E-LIFE by MINT CONDITION

僕が一番好きなR&Bバンド。今回も聞けば聞くほど味がでてきました。 Vocalのストークリーのボイスが相変わらずメロウなスロー、#3のJust Can't Believe,#6 Nothing Left to Sayがいつものようにお気に入り。Just' Can't Believeでは、あまり聞いたことのないファルセットが印象的です。 あと、最近気に入ってるのは、#4のGoldigger。聞きやすいメロディでくせになりそうです。 気づくとゴールディガ!と口ずさんでいます。 あと#12のQueen of Come Here Go Awayってすごいクイーンですね。 わがままQueenって意味なんですかね?? 最高傑作の3rdアルバム、Difinition of the bandや出世作の#2 From the mint factoryのレベルには追いつけませんが、MINTファンならマストバイの星4つです!!

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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