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.
Stone Rollin's rhythm-and-blues revival can't obscure Saadiq's songwriting talents.
He doesn't just rediscover the past, he remakes it.
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.