Throwback Thursdays: 5 Miles To Empty...

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 8:55 PM


I'm an 80's kid, born at the beginning of the decade and whenever I heard the term "classic soul" growing up, it usually referred to some 70's musical presence that dominated the decade. I'm no longer a boy, and as I think back on my own classic soul moments, sounds of the 90's fill my head. Music in this millennium just isn't the same, and the artists of today don't make it like they used to. Brownstone is one of THE signature groups of the 90's, they hit the scene with an earth-moving harmonic blend that could bring chills to anybody. I was listening to XM the other night, and this joint came on and man, I just dropped everything and enjoyed the 5 minutes that it lasted...

5 Miles To Empty - Brownstone

How appropriate a song to describe the state of music right now... five miles to empty. The heart of the game is running low. Where are the real soul girl groups of the 90's? Ya know, I'd rather see Brownstone crank out another album, than to settle for mediocre pop acts like the Pussycat Dolls. Brownstone introduced themselves in '95 with some major hotness to the tune of If You Love Me, followed up by the ever-popular Grapevyne. The title track for this post, however, came from their second and final album, ironically titled Still Climbing. Just listen to how well they sound on this joint! Not altered with voice augmentation or Auto-tune... this is that down home church SANGIN! You show me one group that's singin like this today... I dare ya to try!

It's been stated that there may be a return of Brownstone, with some roster changes. Honestly, I couldn't tell you the name of any original member, but I know that unmistakable Brownstone sound when I hear it, and that's one thing they MUST NOT change. The world is in need of that same harmony, that same style, that same soul. Five miles is just about up, the game is out of soul...
-Mack-

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