Entertainment Weekly - 12/12/97, p.91
"...Their blend of contemporary grooves and retro-vintage soul paved the way for soul stirrers like D'Angelo and Maxwell....TTT pays homage to everyone from Sly Stone to Al Green, yet they imbue their sunshiny funk with a distinctive whimsy..." - Rating: A-
Tony Toni Tone: Raphael Saadiq, D'Wayne Wiggins, Timothy Christian Riley (vocals).
Additional personnel: AMG (rap vocals); Quik, G-One (various instruments); Rob "Fonska" Bacon (guitar).
Producers include: Tony Toni Tone, Babyface, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Quik.
Engineers include: Gerry Brown, Quik, Danny Alonso.
Personnel: Robert Bacon (guitar); Quik (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Gerry Brown ; Ken Kessie; Bill Malina.
Illustrator: Monica Stewart.
Photographers: Bonnie Lewis; Enrique Badulescu; William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: D'Wayne Wiggins; Timothy Christian Riley; Raphael Saadiq.
From the party anthems, to braggadocio-filled street cuts, to the expertly crafted ballads, these 15 well-chosen cuts offer a nice career retrospective of Oakland's Tony Toni Tone through the trio's exceptional 1996 release, HOUSE OF MUSIC. Included are the classic party cuts "If I Had No Loot," "The Blues," and "Feels Good." Songs like "Let's Get Down" and "My Ex-Girlfiend" demonstrate the group's seamless appropriation of hip-hop. Also included is the trio's most identifiable track, "It Never Rains (In Southern California)." No Tony Toni Tone hits package would be complete without the million-dollar ballads, songs like "Anniversary" and "What Ever You Want," which served as the sonic backdrops for countless bedroom rendezvous throughout the late '80s and early '90s.