Picks and Pans Review: The Revival
updated 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
This Oakland sextet led by the Wiggins brothers, Dwayne and Raphael, is so nice they had to say it thrice. And with their second album, Tony! Toni! Toné! prove they can play funk, funk, or, if you prefer, funk, whether it's sunny and fresh on "Feels Good" or Silly Putty style on "All the Way," with its organ-pennywhistle arrangement.
The most irresistible dance invitation is "The Blues," which hangs on the doo-wop vocal hook from the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" (oo-bop-'n a-bop). The group also has a velvet touch for such ballads as "I Care" and "Whatever You Want." They're sweet singers and judicious, resourceful arrangers (check the nod-and-wink to vintage Al Green on "Don't Talk About Me" or the trumpet-and-banjo-like base of "Those Were the Days"). But what makes the Tonys really great is their ability to tread softly and still carry a big rhythm stick. (Wing/Polygram)