Review-Raphael Saadiq-The Way I See It

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 10:03 PM


Artist: Raphael Saadiq
Album:The Way I See It
Release Date: 9.16.08
We all remember Raphael Saadiq for his vocals on Anniversary, Ask of You, & many other hits from his former band Tony Toni Tone'. Here lately, he's been known for his penmanship behind artists such as Joss Stone. He returns with his 3rd solo release, The Way I See It, and musically he takes his listeners back down memory lane.
This album is definately inspired by the greats of yesteryear like the Temptations, the Miracles, the O'Jays; folks, need I say more? Its an easy listen, very soothing. I almost forgot how much of an entertainer & musician Raphael was. Boyz II Men, tried to make a comeback with their old school remake, but they definitely fell short. On the albums lead track Sure Hope You Mean It, you find yourself wanting to find a hand dancing partner. The instrumentation is classic throughout the entire album.
This is an album both young & old can appreciate. Its always good to have a reminder of what music was like, when it was REAL music - bands, not boards. One of my favorite tracks Just One Kiss featuring Joss Stone, reminds me of some classic Smokie Robinson.
I don't want to spoil all the fun. It just wouldn't be fair. If you appreciate GOOD music, you're definitely going to love this album. Each time I listen, I feel like a little girl sitting in a soda shop sipping on a root beer float. I'm definitely an 80s baby, but I can only imagine what it was like to listen to the music of my parents era. Now I understand why the old school generation says "Young folk don't know music".
I put this album on everyones MUST BUY list! Enjoy your trip back down memory lane!
-Mello-

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