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There’s Good Reason To Still ‘Believe’ In Mint Condition

If like me, you grew up singing (and messing up) the lyrics to "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" or pondering the perils of infidelity listening to "What Kind of Man Would I Be," you should be getting pretty excited right now. Stokley Williams, Jeffrey Allen, Homer O'Dell, Ricky Kinchen and Larry Waddell, collectively known as Mint Condition, are set to release their eighth album, Music @ the Speed of Life, next month. I know they just released an album last year, but if their comments to The Boombox are to be believed, this album will be considered their best work since 1996's Definition of a Band. If you don't already know which album that is, let me tell you. It spawned Urban Adult Contemporary radio staples "You Don't Have to Hurt No More," "What Kind of Man Would I Be," and a lesser known jam, but favorite of mine "The Never That You'll Never Know." If I get my hands on any R&B album that contains even just three enduring hits like those, I'll do the George Jefferson up and down the street. (Three is a low bar, I know, but I've had to lower my expectations in recent years.) We got our first taste of what's to come when the group released the single "Believe in Us," and now we have a visual to go with it. G. Visuals directed the video, which includes rooftop performances and the band members out with their ladies doing what grown folks do. The video is cool, but it's news about the album that has me all worked up. While I take a minute to check my excitement, watch the latest video from the group, then join me in crossing one of everything hoping that the album will be the masterpiece the band says it is.


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