Love in Stereo

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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
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," ...
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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811191528
  • Catalog Number: 111915
  • Sales rank: 82,456

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Treat You Like a Queen (4:29)
  2. 2 Sure Boy (3:58)
  3. 3 It's Alright Now (5:34)
  4. 4 Do You Feel the Way I Do (4:11)
  5. 5 Friend of Mine (3:58)
  6. 6 The Day (5:02)
  7. 7 It Ain't Love (5:18)
  8. 8 Humor (4:36)
  9. 9 The Moment (4:15)
  10. 10 So Right (5:48)
  11. 11 Any Other Love (4:37)
  12. 12 Get Here (7:47)
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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
Les 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 Jr. 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
Les Pierce Programming, Producer, Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    rahsaan is Outstanding!

    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!

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