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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.

Customer Reviews

another hit

You know I agree with the majority of the comments on this page. I myself have followed this group from day one they always have a cut that hits home right to the center of your feelings and track number 6 "Nothing Left to say" is that track. Artists put more into some songs than others and track #6 you can tell just by the popularity that everyone loves it. And futher more If a song can really take you there weither it be a memory or a certain state of mind It can make up for all the not so hot songs on the album. But again Mint condition is one of the last good bands out there!! there are so few left. And I wouldn't say this album is a flop and it's not there best one but it's definately worth buying the cd to add to the collection. Mint Condition hasn't put out a bad album yet.

Worth The $

They're still doing it after all these years. In an age where real musicians seemingly don't exist anymore, we get some legit material from a group of men who can sing and are extremely talented musically.

Not what I expected.

After listening to the Luxury Brown CD and DVD and seeing them live in Milwaukee last year I was really excited when Stokely said they were coming out with another new cd. Unfortunately for me this CD just did not live up to my expectations and this simply because of the style of music I like. I think the CD lacks the diversity Mint Condition always offers. This CD was made for lovers of todays so called R&B music. I cannot deny that I am absolutely hooked on Nothing Left To Say what an amazing arrangement done like only Mint Condition can do it. After that Moan is the only other track that I can listen to more than once. Missing is O'dell on the guitar and songs that display Ricky's skills on the bass. I do appreciate the fact that live drums were used for most of the tracks. Perhaps hearing them perform some of the songs on this CD live will make me have a better apprecitation for it.

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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