15 Songs, 1 Hour, 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wiggins brothers Raphael and D’wayne and cousin Timothy Christian Riley possessed the rare capability of fitting into their ’90s R&B era while commanding an encyclopedic knowledge of earlier days. Sons of Soul, their third album, offers sly, respectful reminisces of the Isley Brothers and, yes, Sly Stone while asserting the guys’ own vision in its wittiest, most original form yet. The jumping “If I Had No Loot” updates one of the oldest blues complaints in the book, while the lush “Anniversary” acknowledges the most romantic moments of the year without letting reality out of its sights (“Tell your supervisor you’re leavin’ early today”). And moves both internationalist (“Dance Hall”) and just plain oddball (“Tonyies! in the Wrong Key,” a wry nod to Stone’s “Family Affair”) do their parts to make this a great R&B platter for any age.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wiggins brothers Raphael and D’wayne and cousin Timothy Christian Riley possessed the rare capability of fitting into their ’90s R&B era while commanding an encyclopedic knowledge of earlier days. Sons of Soul, their third album, offers sly, respectful reminisces of the Isley Brothers and, yes, Sly Stone while asserting the guys’ own vision in its wittiest, most original form yet. The jumping “If I Had No Loot” updates one of the oldest blues complaints in the book, while the lush “Anniversary” acknowledges the most romantic moments of the year without letting reality out of its sights (“Tell your supervisor you’re leavin’ early today”). And moves both internationalist (“Dance Hall”) and just plain oddball (“Tonyies! in the Wrong Key,” a wry nod to Stone’s “Family Affair”) do their parts to make this a great R&B platter for any age.

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About Tony! Toni! Toné!

Brothers Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins and cousin Timothy Christian have proven themselves durable guardians of the soul and funk tradition, while also infusing their music with enough contemporary devices to remain popular. This Oakland trio scored a number one R&B hit right out of the box in 1988 with "Little Walter," a song that generated some criticism from gospel audiences for its use of the melody from "Wade in the Water." But they've since been able to keep things going on their own, as their LPs, The Revival in 1990 and Sons of Soul in 1993, have also been enormously successful. Tony! Toni! Toné! released their fourth album, House of Music, in the fall of 1996. ~ Ron Wynn

  • ORIGIN
    Oakland, CA
  • FORMED
    1987

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