Back in the '60s and '70s, there were certain rock artists who weren't R&B, per se, but who knew how to use soul and funk influences to their creative advantage; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Humble Pie immediately come to mind. And the more things change in music, the more they stay the same -- in the post-Nevermind rock world of the 21st century, there are still rockers who love R&B and make that appreciation known. Take Crown 10, for example. This self-titled debut is essentially post-grunge alternative rock, but it is post-grunge alternative rock with a definite soul/funk edge. Crown 10's work is way too rocking and guitar-powered to enjoy airplay on urban contemporary stations; no urban radio program director is going choose any of the songs on this album over Beyoncé Knowles, Mary J. Blige, or R. Kelly, but it is not hard to envision an alt-rock station playing them alongside Pearl Jam, John Mayer, Ben Folds, or 3 Doors Down. That said, Crown 10's soul/funk edge is an important part of the San Diego trio's identity; lead singer/guitarist James Brady, bassist Roz Taylor, and drummer Joel Maitoza come across as three rockers who live and breathe R&B. And when you examine Maitoza's background, it is not hard to understand why he ended up in this band. Maitoza was once a member of 24-7 Spyz, a visionary, risk-taking group that combined funk, metal, punk, and hip-hop in the '80s and '90s. Crown 10, however, isn't nearly as metallic or forceful as 24-7 Spyz, Living Colour, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers; they are alternative rock, but not alternative metal. Actually, Lenny Kravitz would -- up to a point -- be a better comparison, but whoever you compare this CD to, it is a promising start for the Southern California threesome.