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Eyes Never Lie
     

Eyes Never Lie

by D'Wayne Wiggins
 
Whenever an artist's musical vision steps outside of the neatly packaged boundaries of rock, pop, or soul, it's usually labeled as "alternative." So it's not surprising that Tony! Toni! Toné's Dwayne Wiggins' inspired debut record, EYES NEVER LIE, has been dubbed "alternative soul." What the record is, however, is good, old-fashioned rhythm and blues. The set's

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Whenever an artist's musical vision steps outside of the neatly packaged boundaries of rock, pop, or soul, it's usually labeled as "alternative." So it's not surprising that Tony! Toni! Toné's Dwayne Wiggins' inspired debut record, EYES NEVER LIE, has been dubbed "alternative soul." What the record is, however, is good, old-fashioned rhythm and blues. The set's first single, "What's Really Going On (Strange Fruit)," is a bluesy track that borrows it's title from Marvin Gaye's prophetic classic "What's Goin' On" and recounts Wiggins' unprovoked run-in with the Oakland police department. The message-oriented track incorporates the chorus from Billie Holiday's sorrowful classic "Strange Fruit" and parallels the lynchings that took place in the South prior to the Civil Rights movement with modern-day incidents of police brutality. In contrast, the beautiful ballad "Let's Make A Baby" shows Wiggins's softer side, while "Music is Power" shows the ability music has to bring people from different walks of life together. The funk-infused latter track, written by Wiggins, Larry Graham, and Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, features Rucker and Wiggins crooning over funky guitar riffs and crisp trumpet blares. Trying to define Wiggins' sound is limiting. EYES NEVER LIE is just good music.

Editorial Reviews

Vibe - David Mills
Eyes jams from the onset, giving the listener what’s scarce in a lot of R&B now, a good time

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0601215759426
catalogNumber:
157594

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