I'm Back! Family & Friends Sadly, the funk legend's third record since 1976 with an "I'm back!" sentiment in the title does not herald a return to form. Pals such… I'm Back! Family & Friends Sadly, the funk legend's third record since 1976 with an "I'm back!" sentiment in the title does not herald a return to form. Pals such… 2011-08-16 Sly Stone R&B Cleopatra
Music Review

I'm Back! Family & Friends (2011)

Sly Stone | HE GOT THE FUNK Even with help from The Doors' Ray Manzarek and Jeff Beck, Stone struggles to improve his classics
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HE GOT THE FUNK Even with help from The Doors' Ray Manzarek and Jeff Beck, Stone struggles to improve his classics
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Aug 16, 2011; Lead Performance: Sly Stone; Genre: R&B; Production: Cleopatra

Sadly, the funk legend's third record since 1976 with an ''I'm back!'' sentiment in the title does not herald a return to form. Pals such as Ray Manzarek and Jeff Beck do their best to enliven new versions of Family Stone classics like ''Dance to the Music,'' but mostly tread water. The covers aren't terrible — it's just that no sane person would prefer them to the originals. Still, there's promise in three new funk workouts toward the end; they suggest it's time for a whole new thing. C

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Originally posted Aug 10, 2011 Published in issue #1168-1169 Aug 19, 2011 Order article reprints