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Toon Time - N-Toon

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Genre: R&B & Soul / Artist: N-Toon / Audio CD released 2000-03-21 at Dreamworks

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      01.04.2012 18:00
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      N-Toon's debut album

      **Background** It's a little-known fact, but the singer who goes by the name of Lloyd used to be in a group. When he was a youngster, he made of a quarter of a short-lived Atlanta boyband. N-Toon was their name and seducing girls was their game. Ages 8-13 at the time, they could be viewed as the Jackson 5 of the year 2000 (although without the fame that went along with it). "Toon Time" was their one and only album and with production from heavyweights like Tricky Stewert and Dallas Austin, was intended to do far more than it obviously did. *Good Points* It fits right in with the feel of the Millennium. The album takes on the bouncy production still which dominated R&B for a good three years (from the US to the UK) and a lot of the album continues to gives off such infectious qualities. "Should Been My Girl" stands out for these reasons; it's all R&B in 2000 should have been like and has the ability to go over in clubs, even though it was being performed by a quartet of children. On the more mellow side, they're just as lovable and "Ready" makes it clear when they dip down into ballad territory. *Bad Points* As the music's being performed by actually, proper children, it's not the sort of album which you're likely to listen to more than once, nor are you likely to care about it if you didn't know about the group at the time. It's good for what it was, but amid lots of soppy love songs and a bit of the jiggy dance stuff, it's a pretty average LP for the time and doesn't give anything that you couldn't have got from one of their contemporaries. **Overall** Thinking about any album made by such young singers, you can't expect it to be any more than a novelty record. This is exactly what "Toon Time" is. There's a lot tunes which will take you back to the time (even if you didn't hear of the group at the time) but it does little more than that. N-Toon have got all the talent you'd expect out of a handful of boys who were put together as a group, but it's not the level of talent you should be getting excited about, if you have specific tastes in vocalists. Looking back, you wouldn't really think much of Lloyd, so it's a surprise that Young Goldie turned out to be the sensation that he is today, but "Toon Time" is a pretty average album for the time and merely takes the best of what was going on at the time and makes a quartet of youngster sing about it. Lloyd fans, you'll be entertained. Anyone else, this isn't worth paying attention to.

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