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Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
Released: May 2011
Label: Columbia
Raphael Saadiq continues his retro soul revival with Stone Rollin'. He moves between bluesy rave-ups like "Heart Attack" and lush romances like "Good Man," and references past legends like Sly & the Family Stone and Bo Diddley. Stone Rollin' isn't all fun and games, though. He sings about redemption on "Go to Hell," while "The Answer" finds him pleading for more community involvement in children's lives. Remembering his youth in Oakland, he sings, "I was the boy in the little picture," knowing he wouldn't have become one of modern soul's great innovators without mentors.
Mosi Reeves
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