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Finally....thank you!!

Wow, finally an artist who has the courage to use his talent to create a unique sound, to let himself become inspired without ending up sounding like the people who inspired him. There is nothing stereotypical about this album, there is enormous variety, but still congruence.....could be attributed to the fact that Sonnyboy apparently does EVERYTHING on the album, short of playing bass on a couple of songs, horns and female vocals on a couple of others. There is a lot of attention paid to detail and it still offers a harmonious sonar canvas. You keep on noticing new stuff, what is he going to come up with next?
There are songs for partying, chilling, meditating, candle light dinners and that weird hangover, where you don't know what to do with yourself, an all-purpose album, now how often do you come about one of those?


Formed: 1993

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Prince collaborator Shel Riser had been writing and performing for years in Minneapolis before deciding to start his own project, the enigmatic Sonnyboy. Riser got the band off the ground in 1993 while also working with many important figures in the funk scene, but didn't make much headway until a move to New York City in 1996. From there, Riser drafted in several musicians from all around the world to help him put together the jazzy soul he was crafting, and began independently releasing albums....
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The Barfly Theory, Sonnyboy
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Oct 01, 2010

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