The guys from St Paul’s / Minneapolis are back with their distinctive sound. Stokley, Lawrence, O’Dell, Ricky, Jeffrey and Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave performing some session drumming on the album
I was reading Flyglobalmusic as you do, and couldn’t believe my eyes…the album hasn’t been reviewed.
So, here we are…December 2008, with 8 days to Christmas and a review of Mint Condition’s album ‘e-Life’.
The album is different to their usual offerings in that it’s a collaborative album.
Stand out tracks are:’Baby girl baby boy’ featuring Anthony Hamilton, which looks at the unconditional love of a parent and their child. ‘Somethin” featuring Phonte from Little Brother, which looks at infidelity. ‘Why do we try’ featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad – totally feeling the d and b riff on that track (that’s Drum and Bass for the uninitiated). ‘Back and Forth’ — which uses a sample from Stevie Wonder. ‘Moan’ — well, a classic Mint melody — a track for the lovers!
Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave does a fantastic job on the drums on track 2 – Somethin’ and track 9 – Why do we try. You have to see this guy perform live to understand!
All in all a good album, a step away from what classic Mint Condition fans would expect, but for those of us that can think outside the box, e-Life is a solid album.
1. Baby Girl Baby Boy – featuring Anthony Hamilton
2. Somethin’ – featuring Phonte from Little Brother
3. Just Can’t Believe
6. Nothing Left To Say
7. Right Here
9. Why Do We Try – featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad from ATCQ (A Tribe Called Quest (for my Hip Hop aficionados)
10. Back And Forth
12. Queen Of Come And Go
13. Wish I Could Love You (Pimp Juice)
14. Baby Boy Baby Girl (Single Version)
15. Us (Bonus Track)
For more on the band, check out mintconditionmusic.com
Chris Daddy Dave myspace.com/chrisdaddydave