Arrested Development, ‘Since the Last Time’ (Vagabond)
This Georgia-based hip-hop collective emerged in the ’90s as a positive-thinking antidote to gangsta brutality, dropped great singles like “Tennessee” and “People Everyday,” won two Grammys, and then imploded. Though genial leader Speech has pursued a solo career since, this is the first AD album in more than a decade. Never short on messages, he uses warm ’70s-style soul grooves to ponder racial identity (“Sunshine”) and search for spiritual renewal (“It’s Time”). The superfunky “I Know I’m Bad” proves even good guys enjoy a little sexy patter.
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