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Raphael Saadiq as Ray Ray
     

Raphael Saadiq as Ray Ray

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by Raphael Saadiq
 

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Producer and singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq is nothing if not ambitious. For his second solo studio album, the former Tony! Toni! Toné! front man attempts to expand the gospeldelic sound he introduced on 2002's retro-soul and gospel-fused Instant Vintage, all the while imagining Raphael

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Raphael Saadiq as Ray Ray 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This disc is evenly outstanding from beginning to end. In my opinion, the album is at it's best from track 7 (Detroit Girl) to 14 (Save Us). Thats not to say the songs before that are bad, they're good too. It's my personal opion as to when the album begins to kick into oerdrive. (On my drive from Virginia to NY, "Detroit Girl" was the first song I pressed rewind on) It's a great display of talent with all the live instrumentation. Saadiq kills the bass on "I Want You Back" with Teedra Moses (what a voice) and "I Love Her". The bass guitar with the subtle guitar licks and layed vocals show the skill in the studio to make these songs. Lyrically, Raphael Saadiq is as always a sensitive mofo. But that's a good thing (everybody needs love). The album is definitely for the grown and sexy and I recommend it 1000%.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album does not compare to Instant Vintage, but it does resemble the days of Toni Toni Toni! Works well in the car on long trips. The beats are tight, while the lyrics are ok. One of the better R&B albums overall, compared to what is out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always thought that Raphael Saqqdiq has always been talented in his days with tony toni tone, and as a solo artist. I think this album is a gem to what seems to be a outstanding catelog in his career. It's lad back, it's fun, it's mellow. It's something that should have been released in the summer then the laste fall, but no matter, it's just good to hear some "REAL" R&B music instead of what's playing on the radio half the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a long time appreciator of Raphael Saadiq music from the day with TTT. I really enjoyed their music and Raphael’s solo projects along the way. I connected with his “Instant Vintage” from the first note and it continues to by in my player. I really enjoyed “All the Hits.” This live set is Kickin as a tribute to the past and an expansion on “Instant Vintage.” I anxiously awaited this new release. I popped this disc in expecting it to pick up where “Instant Vintage” left off. It didn’t. It’s a whole new groove. At first listen I was not feeling it. As I put my expectation aside and listened, I started getting into the flow. I began to hear the old and new blended together. I could hear the Sly, Parliament, and Prince influences as I am an old Funkateer. So put your expectations aside and go along for the ride. If you are like me you will start wondering why the grooves are not longer. The bass line in “Chic” is crazy funky. Catch the beat on “This One.” And he tags a groove on the end of the song “Live Without You” leave you want more. The more I listen the more it reveals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so disappointed in this cd. The beats are wack, the lyrics are elementary, and who the hell said it would be a good idea to have gunshots on an R&B song? This is a bootlegger's dream...but then they may not even be able to sell this terrible cd. Out of fourteen songs, the only good one was "I want you back". Ugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is not like Instant Vintage. It has much more of a Hip Hop influence. Most of the tracks sound like Saadiq made a sick beat and just starting grooving on it. This album is dope. Perfect driving music. The lyrics leave a lot to be desired but the music amazing. Just sit back and ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual Rapheal Saadiq pulls it off again with his musical prowess and style.I loved his cool,funky California "take" on his beautifully sung funky vocals. I have always been a fan of his music and have been opened to his generous musical stylings. "Ray Ray" has definetly achieved what Raphael set out to do--which is Play that Funky Soul music! I loved Chic like you and the song he does with Babyface (track 8) and Rifle Love. The whole Cd is good!