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Raphael Saadiq, "Stone Rollin'" (Columbia)
Saadiq's career as a top-flight producer/songwriter/performer extends back to the '80s, and this is his finest achievement. He's always written songs steeped in soul and R&B, but now he gives them a progressive edge with roaming bass lines and haunted keyboard textures. He¿s no longer a retro stylist -- he's writing new classics.
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