- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2000 1 Jan
Lest there be confusion on how to pronounce the man's name, look no further than his album title. This is actually Tonéx's third album and it originally came out in 1997. However, distribution was limited — this San Diego native was selling
Buckle up before listening to Tonéx, because it's a wild ride. The album is an interesting mix of R&B, pop, gospel and funk; in other words, imagine a mix of Prince, D'Angelo, Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Kirk Franklin. The album is divided into genre sections, starting with hip-hop/rap, then going into some retro funk. The weirdest part is surely Section 3, entitled The Future, but he follows that with sections for jazz, mellow groove, and soul/gospel. I don't think he could be anymore diverse unless he dabbled with country and heavy metal. Interestingly, he does them all exceptionally well.
A true rarity, here is a Christian R&B artist with a three-year-old album that sounds as fresh and original as anything else released today. I rank it on the same level as Tony Rich and Kirk Franklin. Apparently there was some controversy with