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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Stone Rollin', Raphael Saadiq's second Columbia album, cuts straight to the chase. It begins with a tambourine-accented pounding groove à la Sly & the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music," adding grinding rhythm guitar and making a plea of a different kind: one of co-dependent desperation, served up Holland-Dozier-Holland style. Indeed, Stone Rollin' is a little less clean-cut than 2008's The Way I See It, tending to veer from pure mid-'60s Motown for a more expansive approach that incorporates a number of late-'60s and early-'70s sounds, including Holland-Dozier-Holland's grittier post-Motown work and early Philly soul, not to mention an apparent nod to Ray Charles on ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Stone Rollin', Raphael Saadiq's second Columbia album, cuts straight to the chase. It begins with a tambourine-accented pounding groove à la Sly & the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music," adding grinding rhythm guitar and making a plea of a different kind: one of co-dependent desperation, served up Holland-Dozier-Holland style. Indeed, Stone Rollin' is a little less clean-cut than 2008's The Way I See It, tending to veer from pure mid-'60s Motown for a more expansive approach that incorporates a number of late-'60s and early-'70s sounds, including Holland-Dozier-Holland's grittier post-Motown work and early Philly soul, not to mention an apparent nod to Ray Charles on "Day Dreams." Like The Way I See It, this is a big production. Saadiq plays the majority of the drums, guitars, and keyboards, but he is joined by dozens of string and horn players and a handful of crucial collaborators, including past associates and session legends Jack Ashford (percussion) and Paul Riser (string arrangements), as well as Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn and Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano. These songs are tied together by the Mellotron, a vintage keyboard -- commonly associated with psychedelic and progressive rock recordings, but not foreign to soul -- that evokes diseased flutes and wheezing strings. Saadiq tends to use the instrument for shading, but it is central to the drama of "Go to Hell" (where it is played by Amp Fiddler), and it adds a melancholic tint to the otherwise happy-go-lucky "Movin' Down the Line." The songs that do not leave an immediate and lasting impression make moves on a subconscious level. "Good Man," the most compelling song on the album, works both ways. A mini-epic of trouble-man soul, somewhere along the lines of Ohio Players' "Our Love Has Died" and a missing cut off David Porter's Victim of the Joke?, its elegant misery is instantly striking, enhanced by Taura Stinson's pouty guest vocal. After a few listens, that point where Saadiq reaches a falsetto, at the end of "So much better now, without you" -- just as the horns punch in -- raises the goose pimples and does so with successive plays. The album does not merely transcend period-piece status. It's the high point of Saadiq's career, his exceptional output with Tony! Toni! Toné! included.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886976056025
  • Catalog Number: 760560
  • Sales rank: 19,903

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart Attack (3:03)
  2. 2 Go To Hell (4:20)
  3. 3 Radio (3:22)
  4. 4 Over You (2:31)
  5. 5 Stone Rollin' (3:37)
  6. 6 Day Dreams (3:20)
  7. 7 Movin' Down the Line (4:25)
  8. 8 Just Don't (5:17)
  9. 9 Good Man (3:46)
  10. 10 The Answer (9:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raphael Saadiq Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Clavinet, Mellotron
Darrell Mansfield Harmonica
Elizabeth Wilson Violin
Robert Brosseau Violin
Mark Cargill Violin
Assa Drori Violin
Jeff Driskill Saxophone, Woodwind
Larry Dunn Piano
Maurice Grants Cello
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Harry Kim Trumpet
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Miguel Martinez Celli
Joe Meyer Horn
Dennis Molchan Violin
Jorge Moraga Viola
Paul Riser Conductor
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Robin Ross Viola
Harry Shirinian Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
John Wittenberg Violin
Shari Zippert Violin, Viola
Gayle Levant Harp
Jean Marinelli Horn
Lesa Terry Violin
Wa Wa Watson Guitar
JoAnn Tominaga Concert Master
Amp Fiddler Mellotron
Johana Krejci Violin
Paul Klintworth Horn
Brian Benning Violin
Kathleen Robertson Violin
Robert Randolph Steel Guitar
Samuel Formicola Viola
Erika Duke Cello
Alex Budman Woodwind
Calvin Turner Bass, Snare Drums
Stephanie O'Keefe Horn
Charles Evertt Violin
Rodney Wirtz Viola
Karen Elaine Viola
Mark Adams Horn
Robert Schaer Trumpet
Miguel Gandelman Tenor Saxophone
Little Dragon Vocals
B.J. Kemp Snare Drums
Johannes Joergensen Guitar
Todd French Cello
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Raymond Monteiro Trumpet
Dan Foreno Trumpet
Monet Owens Background Vocals
Rob Bacon Guitar
Taura Stinson Background Vocals
Sarah Bach Horn
Garrett Ellis Alto Saxophone
Carl Lemar Carter Drums, Snare Drums
Alex Gorlovsky Violin
Vahe Karykian Celli
Taqura Stinson Vocals
Karolina Kaziemiec Viola
Jorge Wittenberg Viola
Giovanna Clayton Celli
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Calvin Turner Horn Arrangements
Chuck Brungardt Producer, Engineer
Marlon Marcel Engineer
Taura Stinson Composer
Alex Nakanishi Personal Assistant
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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    A Little Bit Of Motown, Stax, Atlantic...And Bobby Bland!

    This is only Raphael Saadiq's second album. Yet, the 45-year-old musician is no fly-by-night talent. He was one of the founding members of Toni! Toni! Tone! and later joined one of the finest hip-hop groups of the 90's, A Tribe Called Quest. He also garnished a name for himself as a great composer and producer for singers like Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Joss Stone and TLC. Raadiq is also very proficient, musically. He can play a myriad of instruments like Prince and Lenny Kravitz, thanks to multi-track recording. And he also has a keen eye and ear on the great music of the past. Now, Raadiq has given his own stamp to that music and upgraded it on "Stone Rollin'". This album has throwback written all over it, right down to the cover photo of the nerdy 60's kids watching Saadiq, continental suit and all. However, what really draws you into this is the music. The lead-off track, "Heart Attack", with its thumping bass and charging guitars, sounds like an updated version of Sly Stone's "Dance To The Music". Meanwhile, "Radio" could have beebn a Smokey Robinson tune circa 1966 while "Movin' Down The Line" is the kind of melody that Junior Walker could've sung if he got his hands on a synth or programmer in 1968. He even throws in a little cocktail jazz in "Day Dreams" while "Over You" sounds like a Lenny Kravitz song with all its layered mellotrons. But the most surprising tune here is the title track, with its rumbling bass line and its sobering undercurrent, this sounds like an outtake from Bobby Bland's classic album, "Two Steps From The Blues". With performers like Janealle Monae giving more of a positive voice to "neo-soul", Raphael Saadiq is up there in a big way. This is only his second solo album but it's one of the finest records to be heard this year. Saadiq deserves to be a star and when you hear "Stone Rollin'", you'll understand why he should be one.

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