December 12, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Hits: Tony Toni Tone

Current Status
In Season
We gave it an A-

Hits, spanning the career highs of these innovative new jack swingers, makes clear just how prescient they’ve been: Their blend of contemporary grooves and retro-vintage soul paved the way for soul stirrers like D’Angelo and Maxwell. You won’t find a more ebullient collection of jams anywhere else; Tony Toni Tone pay homage to everyone from Sly Stone to Al Green, yet they imbue their sunshiny funk with a distinctive whimsy, whether celebrating an ”Anniversary” or singing ”The Blues.” A-

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