Stone Rollin' shows off Saadiq's genius as a singer, writer, instrumentalist, and producer of modern rhythm and blues that pays homage to its traditions.
Dismissing it as overly familiar obscures the point. Saadiq is a classicist of the best kind - one who not only carries on tradition but expands it.
Stone Rollin' is old school for sure, spun fresh.
He doesn't just rediscover the past, he remakes it.
Stone Rollin's rhythm-and-blues revival can't obscure Saadiq's songwriting talents.
Stone Rollin' is a better, more lively album than the last one Mr. Saadiq made in this vein, "The Way I See It," from 2008.