Love in Stereo

Love in Stereo

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by Rahsaan Patterson
     
 
Rahsaan Patterson debuted in 1997, delivering a smart, smooth album that garnered critical acclaim but was overshadowed by the reigning male heartthrobs of mid-'90s hip-hop soul. Despite musical chops that invited comparisons to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince, the disc lacked the musical and lyrical diversity needed to set

Overview

Rahsaan Patterson debuted in 1997, delivering a smart, smooth album that garnered critical acclaim but was overshadowed by the reigning male heartthrobs of mid-'90s hip-hop soul. Despite musical chops that invited comparisons to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince, the disc lacked the musical and lyrical diversity needed to set Patterson apart from the likes of Maxwell, D'Angelo, and Tony Rich. Romance, and its various shadings, made up the themes on Patterson's first set, but LOVE IN STEREO balances beefed up retro-funk tracks and thoughtful lyrics that speak of love and search for emotional clarity. Over the melancholy keyboards of "Do You Feel the Way I Do," Patterson attempts to protect his heart from a reluctant lover, while dance rhythms underscore a tale of betrayal on "It Ain't Love." Throughout the album, from the slow-jam survivalist salvo "It's Alright" to the sanctified funk of "The Day," Patterson mines the inherent complexities of love and life, a theme addressed most ardently on the first single, "Treat You Like a Queen." Singing of abuse disguised as love ("Why is it that you stay/ Loving this way/ It could end your life today"), Patterson brings a touch of realism and a show of maturity to his love songs. It's a move that might not catapult the singer to superstar status but surely demonstrates his talent for combining provocative songwriting and soul-affirming rhythms.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
The follow-up to his self-titled debut album, Love in Stereo shows that Rahsaan Patterson not only overcame the sophomore slump but triumphed with a very well-crafted album that far surpasses his completely adequate first release. Slick production and strong songwriting help support Patterson's smooth, laid-back style and Stevie Wonder-like vocals. Peterson actually resembles Wonder in more ways than one -- "Friend of Mine," for instance, possesses so much early-'70s instrumentation and tone and phrasing reminiscent of his style that it sounds like a lost track from an early Stevie Wonder album. The record as a whole offers the kind of songs concerning love and faith that seem to have been lost since the Wonder era. Patterson is not only paying homage to Wonder in approach, but also in spirit. "Sure Boy" and "The Day" are only two of several other songs on the collection that are extremely well-written with an inspirational edge. Never preachy and always stylish, on Love in Stereo Patterson has managed to make an album that should appeal to a broad range of R&B fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811191528
catalogNumber:
111915

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rahsaan Patterson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Christopher Bolden   Hand Clapping
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Trina Broussard   Background Vocals
Charles Everett   Strings
Juliann French   Strings
Basil Fung   Trombone
Mic Gillette   Trumpet
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jamey Jaz   Keyboards,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
David Low   Strings
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Eric McKain   Percussion
Simon Oswell   Strings
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Pierce   Keyboards,Saxophone
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Tom Saviano   Saxophone
Soulshock   Multi Instruments
Bryant Simpson   Bass
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Randy Waldman   Conductor
Kevin Wyatt   Bass
Karlin   Multi Instruments
Cleto Escobedo   Saxophone
Jeff Babko   Trombone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Mikelyn Roderick   Background Vocals
Madeline Randolph   Hand Clapping
Derek "D 'Loc" Walker   Drums
Christopher Faizi   Guitar
Valerie Bisharat   Hand Clapping
M. Brion James   Trombone
Mark Mavrolas   Hand Clapping
Anatoly Rofinsky   Strings
Lisa Sutton-Johnson   Strings
Van Hunt   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Richards   Strings

Technical Credits

John Mitchell   Programming
Allen Abrahamson   Engineer
Steve "Silk" Hurley   Arranger,Engineer
Jamey Jaz   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Booker T. Jones   Engineer
Pierce   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Randy Waldman   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Karlin   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Rahsaan Patterson   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Randy Jackson   Producer,Executive Producer
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
Brian Springer   Engineer
Van Hunt   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements

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Love in Stereo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
he's understated, but there's NO mistake about rahsaan patterson's absolute GIFT for music. he creates music and lyrics that are wonderful and of great depth. ALL of his songs (on BOTH of his albums) are awesome. on this one, pay close attention to 'Sure Boy', 'It Ain't Love', 'Humor', and 'Any Other Love'. this eclectic artist will impress you...immensely!