Over" CD Reviews
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in the San
Francisco BAY GUARDIAN
by J.H. Thompkins
What's finally over with the release of "Finally
Over" is the frustration of waiting for this East
Bay band to fulfill the promise that has surrounded it
for the last six years. So pay attention: Forget
Blackstreet, Babyface, and D'Angelo; forget all the
Tonis, including Braxton. This is the best R&B album
I've heard in a long time......
Mo'fessionals ... have digested the last 40 years of
R&B and delivered it not as a pastiche of soul and
funk stylings, but as a walloping emotional package
concentrating on the blue-collar strokes of love and life
in the East Bay....
Over" is a big, constantly shifting sea of voices -
alternately lush and lonely, sweet and sour - that brim
with old-school passion as the soar, collide and collude
over the band's tight, economical jazz-funk grooves.
from review by J. H. Thompkins
SF Bay Guardian, December 12, 1996
in the Oakland
by William Friar:
Mo'fessionals, one of the hardest-boogieing bands on the Bay
Area scene, merges classic funk and soul with modern jazz and
hip-hop. Somehow, the group makes it all work.
It's hard to
think of another band that could take a sexy, danceable funk
number and wed it to an uplifting political rap. But the
Mo'fessionals does just that on "Baby Boy," a track
off the group's second album, "Finally Over"......
The recording starts strong with "Never Lie," a
funky, horn-fueled ride that soars with pristine vocal
acrobatics and a smoking rhythm section..."
from review by William Friar
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