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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001EQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like any other old-school R&B band trying to establish some street cred these days, Tony Toni Tone devotes one track on House of Music to a collaboration with a guest rapper. The track is the first single, "Let's Get Down," and the rap star is DJ Quik, but the results are not what you'd think. For one thing, the Oakland trio applies its trademark of relaxed self-assurance to the mix. While everyone else in hip-hop and R&B is flinging electronic beats, synth bleeps, and vocal beefs at the listener, Tony Toni Tone never hurries. Lead singer Raphael Saadiq, {cq} his brother Dwayne Wiggins and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley exude the confidence that they're in control, so they can take the time to let the beat sway and slide rather than slam all the time. --Geoffrey Himes

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I wish these guys still produced albums, they're too darn good.
Timothy R. Sullivan
If you are a fan, then you should have this album already, but for other lovers of true soul, this album is a must-have.
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20 years from now, people will look back and there will be a demand for this type of music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on January 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album, musically, is the most soulful and purest form of R&B and soul music that came out in the '90s. It has everything from smooth mid-tempo jams to hot, club-ready dance numbers and then on to the most lavish and tender ballads I've ever heard in my entire life. And it's all from the heart of a man. To this day, I have yet to hear an album that pleases my ears, toys with my emotions, brings a smile to face and a tear to my eye the way 'House of Music' did, and still does. What Raphael Saadiq, D'wayne Wiggins and Timothy Christian Riley put together back in late '96 was something heartfelt that means more to me than words can really explain. But I will try my best to. The recurring theme of this album is what makes a man a man and a woman a woman, explored with both frankness and slyness. Since that's what we all are trying to figure out, there is not one person who would not be able to relate to some song on this album. True to the wonderful black and white cover photo of the trio sitting around in what appears to be a studio jam session with several other musicians, this album has the looseness and feel of just that: a jam session. As if they all sat and down and recorded these songs live in the studio, no mixing, no overdubbing, just pure, uninhibited music.
Now, let's get to the music itself. The album opens with 'Thinking of You', a classic song that really sounds like something Al Green would have recorded. Far from a cheap imitation though, this is still all their own work. With beautiful guitar work and a backbeat that sounds like its in the borroughs of ghetto soul, this is a perfect way to start off this album. From there, it moves into the lightweight and sweet-sounding 'Top Notch' which is incidently my least favorite number, but still far from bad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on March 6, 2003
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Tony Toni Toné's last album was great. Some listeners might have been a little bewildered because the music doesn't sound quite the same as their previous work. That is, this album has more pure soul songs and less straight R&B songs. But it's a great collective regardless.
This album never runs out of highlights. There are funky tracks like "Let's Get Down" (which still bumps today), "Lovin' You", and "Annie May". And the midtempo songs aren't bad either, like "Top Notch", which cleverly interpolates a line from Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day". They can even turn the simplest lyrics into jams, as evidenced by "Thinking Of You".
And what would a Tony Toni Toné album be without some dope ballads? "Still A Man" is definitely worth mentioning, but "Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz" is my favorite song on the album. "Til Last Summer", where Dwayne Wiggins' falsetto really delivers, is also great.
Looking at this album in retrospect, though, I'm not exactly surprised that the group disbanded after it, because if you pay close attention, it didn't really sound like they were working well together for the most part. If Dwayne wrote and sang lead on a song, for example, it appeared that Raphael was nowhere to be found. Also, with the exception of "Thinking Of You", most of the rest of the songs are written by Raphael OR Tim and Dwayne.
Oh well, at least they went out on a good record. And if you like this, you should pick up Dwayne Wiggins' solo debut Eyes Never Lie. Although this album deserves five stars, that album beats it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BiggO on December 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, "Sons of Soul" was probably the most bally-hooed album they ever recorded, but THIS album is Triple-T at their creative peak. It's just sad that no sooner than they released the album that they broke up. They did go out on a high note.

I can actually listen to this album in its entirety. While I love songs like "Let's Get Down" and "Lovin' You", I always preferred D'Wayne Wiggins' voice over Saadiq's. Hence my favorite songs are "Holy Smokes and Gee Whiz", "Annie Mae" and "Party Don't Cry."

Regardless of my preferences, though, one thing is clear. D'Wayne and Saadiq need each other. I liked D'Wayne's solo album, but I can't say the same for Saadiq's work. When these two guys are together, though, the chemistry is explosive.

This is their crowing achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J-Funk on December 31, 2002
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If ever there were an album that you could play over and over without ever getting tired of it, this is it! 'House Of Music' is a classic. Every song will move you in some way. "Thinking Of You" is smooth, Al Green-flavored R&B that'll have you tapping your foot and singing along. "Top Notch" is laid back Funk with a unique rhythm. "Let's Get Down" is a lively dance tune with P-Funk style hand-claps and a guest rap by DJ Quik. "Til Last Summer" is a beautiful ballad with falsetto vocals by D'Wayne Wiggins, not Raphael Saadiq as another reviewer said. This song reminded me of the mid-seventies ballads that the Ohio Players put out. "Lovin' You" is a great Raphael Saadiq tribute to Earth, Wind, & Fire. The lyrics on this tune are simple, yet magnificent in context with the music. The next song, "Still a Man", shows how Saadiq has grown not only as a songwriter, but as an arranger and producer. This song should've gotten some airplay, 'cause it's a classic. "Don't Fall In Love" takes us back to the days of Motown and the Temptations. D'Wayne Wiggins out-did himself with "Holy Smokes & Gee Whiz", an achingly beautiful ballad that has the Stylistics written all over it. A third Wiggins brother, Randall, makes an appearance on this tune singing the falsetto vocals. "Annie May" is an uptempo D'Wayne Wiggins tune that'll make you move. "Let Me Know" is another Saadiq classic that puts anything by Babyface to shame. The next two songs, "Tossin' & Turnin'" and "Wild Child", put TTT in a whole 'nother league from other R&B acts.Read more ›
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