Love Behind the Melody [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"The R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rock Star" -- wait, isn't that Cody ChesnuTT? Or is that Van Hunt? Erykah Badu? Regardless, that's what Raheem DeVaughn is calling himself, and it's likely a catch phrase intended to gain some more of the attention the singer deserves. Despite reaching the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, 2005's The Love Experience didn't crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, and none of its excellent singles including "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You" came near the Top 30 of any chart. By word of mouth and persistent rotation on "grown folks"-type R&B video programs, DeVaughn gradually developed enough of a following -- including vocal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"The R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rock Star" -- wait, isn't that Cody ChesnuTT? Or is that Van Hunt? Erykah Badu? Regardless, that's what Raheem DeVaughn is calling himself, and it's likely a catch phrase intended to gain some more of the attention the singer deserves. Despite reaching the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, 2005's The Love Experience didn't crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, and none of its excellent singles including "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You" came near the Top 30 of any chart. By word of mouth and persistent rotation on "grown folks"-type R&B video programs, DeVaughn gradually developed enough of a following -- including vocal admirer Alicia Keys -- to make his follow-up a rather anticipated release. DeVaughn's new nickname is just one part of a subtly aggressive attempt at attaining further commercial appeal: Scott Storch, Chucky Thompson, Orthodox & Ransum, Kwamé, and Bryan-Michael Cox are all brought on board to give Love Behind the Melody more of a mainstream R&B radio sound without making it seem like a blind stab at sales. Even "Customer," with its gently twisting, lullaby-like resemblance to J. Holiday's "Bed," and the anthemic "Woman" an extension of "You"'s proud pro-woman theme, nominated for a Grammy prior to the album's release are not likely to dismay those who are opposed to modern pop/R&B. What's more, both songs are convincingly "honor and do for you" in a selfless way, a major aspect that separates DeVaughn from nearly all of his contemporaries on the radio. In fact, as a whole, the album is much more "You're great" than "I'm great." Even the tracks that act more as mood pieces, such as "Desire" "It feels so damn good to be used" and "Marathon" "You make all my daydreams come true", are full of gratitude, and they are destined to be slotted into many modern quiet storm playlists, leaving immediate and lasting impressions. This is a significant improvement over The Love Experience in every respect -- somehow displaying an increase in both modesty and ambition, as well as offering a more refined yet bolder set of material. Whether or not DeVaughn goes gold, you can bank on at least a couple major R&B artists going into the studio throughout the remainder of 2008 wanting to come out with something as hot and imaginative as this. [This album was also released with the bonus track "Text Messages" and a remix of "Customer."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 886973548226
  • Catalog Number: 735482
  • Sales rank: 25,182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hello Love... (0:59)
  2. 2 Woman (4:27)
  3. 3 Love Drug (4:58)
  4. 4 Energy (3:24)
  5. 5 Friday (Shut the Club Down) (3:38)
  6. 6 Customer (4:05)
  7. 7 Mo Better - The Love Life Orchestra (7:39)
  8. 8 Woman I Desire (2:14)
  9. 9 Desire (5:29)
  10. 10 Midnight (1:30)
  11. 11 Marathon (5:45)
  12. 12 Butterflies (3:09)
  13. 13 She's Not You (4:14)
  14. 14 Can We Try Again? (0:52)
  15. 15 Try Again (3:36)
  16. 16 Empty (4:49)
  17. 17 Four Letter Word (4:44)
  18. 18 Text Messages (4:01)
  19. 19 Customer (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raheem DeVaughn Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Alfredo de la Fe Strings
Dennis Chambers Drums
Herb Middleton Bass
Mark Batson Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Loren Hill Keyboards
Kevin Veney Guitar
Bryan-Michael Cox Musician
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Musician
PlantLife Track Performer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Keyboards
David Moyer Tenor Saxophone
Jack Splash Musician
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver Background Vocals
Calvin "Tubb Young" Frazier Guitar
Barry Zito Guitar
Danny T. Levin Trumpet
Technical Credits
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer
J. Davis Composer
Kelly Holland Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
Mark Batson Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Loren Hill Engineer
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez Producer
Chucky Thompson Producer
C. Williams Composer
James M. Wisner Engineer
Abel Garibaldi Vocal Engineer
Ian Mereness Vocal Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jeff Gilligan Art Direction
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Producer, Vocal Producer
Yas Inoue Engineer
Conrad Golding Engineer
Raheem DeVaughn Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Dru Castro Engineer
Sam Thomas Engineer
Aaron Fessel Engineer
Jack Splash Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Demont "Peekaso" Pinder Illustrations
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver Vocal Producer
Richard Shelton drum programming
Jamil "Face" Johnson Engineer
Teddy Lewis Engineer
Blaq Smurph Producer, Engineer
M. Batson Composer
K. Oliver Composer
K. Vincent Composer
A Kid Named Cus Engineer
R. Shelton Composer
Big Bob Producer
Captn Curt Producer
A. Patton Composer
S. Lerner Composer
James Wisner Engineer
C. Thompson Composer
K. Gonzalez Composer
W. Robinson Composer
M. Yusef Composer
J. Preston Composer
Teddy Lewis Engineer
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