1 January 1990
The album was produced and arranged primarily by Tony! Toni! Toné! They were assisted on a few songs by the production duo Foster & McElroy, who had produced the band's 1988 debut album, Who?. They recorded The Revival at several studios in California and used a Synclavier music workstation.
A new jack swing album, The Revival features R&B music that draws on funk and older soul influences. Its songs incorporate eccentric sounds and stylistic elements from jazz and hip-hop, including improvisational sounds, conversational vocals, and digital samples. The group's lyrics exhibit contemporary hip-hop attitudes and traditional soul themes, with songs about unruly women, low-key ballads, and more danceable tracks.
The album was critically well received; reviewers applauded Tony! Toni! Toné!'s songwriting and appropriation of older sounds with contemporary R&B. Commercially, it charted for 64 weeks and peaked at #34 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums. Four singles were released to promote the album, including the Top 40 hit "It Never Rains (In Southern California)" and the gold-certified "Feels Good". The Revival was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and, according to Nielsen SoundScan, had sold two million copies by 1992.
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