Life's Aquarium

Life's Aquarium

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This Minneapolis-based sextet scored early on with their 1991 hit "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" and have produced three moderately successful albums since. Their latest, LIFE'S AQUARIUM, rivals their previous effort, DEFINITION OF A BAND, with its mix of funk-based dance blends and sentimental ballads. Throughout, the sinewy tenor of lead vocalist Stokely Williams springs from emotive croon ("If You Love Me") to high-voltage falsetto ("Just the Man for You") with as much vibrancy as his tendrilled 'do. Yet Mint Condition's true skill is found in their multifaceted musicianship, a distinction virtually forgotten in today's producer/guru-led R&B. The band expertly manipulate technology, sending distorted sampled-horn bleats coursing through "Call Me" and adding texture with Latin-flavored acoustic guitar licks and accordion fingerings on "Spanish Eyes." Then there's the closing 14-minute "Leave Me Alone," on which Mint Condition channel New Power Generation, Joe Bataan, and Earth, Wind, and Fire in a guitar-buzzed romp that infuses pan drums, congas, jazz horns, and funky organs into a panoply of sound. The muscle-flexing flourish punctuates Mint Condition's undeniable place as contemporary R&B's premier self-contained band, especially now that Tony!, Toni!, Tone! have called it quits.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/1999
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596235327
catalogNumber: 62353
Rank: 43650

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mint Condition   Primary Artist
Ricky Kinchen   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Stokley   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Charlie Wilson   Vocals,Track Performer
Chris Dave   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jerry Leiber   Composer
Mint Condition   Producer,Executive Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Claire Fisher   Horn Arrangements
Jim De Barros   Artwork
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer

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