Stokley from Mint Condition
Mondo music here giving you the music for your ear. Of course, music for most of us is therapy so lay back and allow me to discuss one album that I found extremely intriguing.
First, I was extremely excited to review this first album Entitled introducing Stokley (lead singer from Mint Condition). Now before even listening to the album, I was ready for some great R&B music. After all, if you’re familiar with Mint Condition at all, you know the great hits like “Breakin My Heart” and “Pretty Brown Eyes”. For this album, I had imagined beautiful ballads, great songwriting, some live music and more. Upon hearing the 1st release single called "Level" I thought it was a good start to a highly anticipated album but I’m sure there was more.
The second song "Organic" wasn’t all that impressive. I wasn't dissatisfied with the lyrics. The songwriting was on point. The execution of the song just seemed to fall flat. Next up "Thinking About You" was a nice song until…Autotune took over. Yes, you heard me correctly – AUTOTUNE! Stokely has one of the most distinctive voices in the R&B genre of the music industry so it’s beyond me why they ruined a perfectly good song with Autotune.
The next song "Cross the Line" got me quickly back in focus. Yes, it was a great throwback to the era of Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller”. ,It was truly exceptional!
Next Up - the standout song "Virginia". This tropical mash of great island music just works so well! This is an example of a musical experiment going 100% right.
Then comes the next song, “U & I" featuring Estelle. It was a cool song although it just lacked a spark that you would expect with 2 very nice artists with great vocal control.
After that came "Up" featuring Wale. I grade this as a plain old C letter grade. The truth is you could've plug in any rapper and got the same affect.
Fast forward to "Be with You" and I felt like I was smacked with great music and we are back on track again.
"Forcast" was another well written song.
By time it was all over, I listened to 15 songs and one standout. Yes, I was over the album! The Mint Condition lead singer had a slow burner on his first solo venture and in the process of trying to be diverse, Stokely lost his core. Besides a few stand-out songs demonstrating his talent and ability, I was highly disappointed. Sometimes you’re a hit and sometimes you’re not. That’s the name of this game.
Mondo Music signing off!