The Love & War MasterPeace

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Emboldened by Love Behind the Melody's crossover success, involving a Top Ten spot on the Billboard 200, a BET Award and two Grammy nominations, Raheem DeVaughn grants his third album a title that sounds but does not necessarily look arrogant. Despite the wordplay, DeVaughn did not mess around when it came to recording a set befitting a title as grand as The Love & War MasterPeace. There are plenty of love songs, naturally, and most of them are imaginative and excellent. Even when they slip into clever foolishness, as on "B.O.B." -- in which the protagonist testifies the many reasons why he would be preferable to a specific device -- they are strong in construction, ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Emboldened by Love Behind the Melody's crossover success, involving a Top Ten spot on the Billboard 200, a BET Award and two Grammy nominations, Raheem DeVaughn grants his third album a title that sounds but does not necessarily look arrogant. Despite the wordplay, DeVaughn did not mess around when it came to recording a set befitting a title as grand as The Love & War MasterPeace. There are plenty of love songs, naturally, and most of them are imaginative and excellent. Even when they slip into clever foolishness, as on "B.O.B." -- in which the protagonist testifies the many reasons why he would be preferable to a specific device -- they are strong in construction, much more about honoring the woman than the man's prowess, and DeVaughn's easy falsetto never sounds self-satisfied. On the socially conscious material, DeVaughn really lays into it all with a dedicated force that is potent musically and lyrically. Subtract Dr. Cornel West's recurring spots as hype man-slash-mood enhancer, and the album would still remain one of the most grippingly conscious major-label R&B albums of the last 30 years, featuring the Curtis Mayfield-channeling and sampling "Bulletproof," an alluringly morose opener, and the startling 13 minutes that make up the closers "Nobody Wins a War" despite involving the input of nearly a dozen of DeVaughn's contemporaries, it is no wreck and "Revelations 2010" assisted by Damian Marley and a chorus of "They're out to bury me, they're out to bury you/And all you can do is arm yourself". An expanded version adds over 45 minutes to the program, making the album clock in at nearly two hours. DeVaughn stretches out on the meditative "Soldier Story," inspired by a friend who returned from Iraq without legs, and "Lose Control," an 11-minute robo-funk workout. Most of these songs -- especially "Wing and a Prayer," featuring UGK's Bun B and a spine-tingling chorus -- should not be considered merely bonus content.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 886975595921
  • Catalog Number: 755959
  • Sales rank: 13,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dr. Cornel West Intro (1:41)
  2. 2 Bulletproof (4:43)
  3. 3 The Greatness (4:10)
  4. 4 I Don't Care (4:14)
  5. 5 Black & Blue (3:34)
  6. 6 Mr. Right (3:29)
  7. 7 Dr. Cornel West Interlude (1:59)
  8. 8 Fragile (4:27)
  9. 9 My Wife (4:11)
  10. 10 B.O.B. (4:37)
  11. 11 Bedroom (3:20)
  12. 12 Microphone (4:41)
  13. 13 Garden of Love (6:37)
  14. 14 Dr. Cornel West P.S.A. (2:02)
  15. 15 Nobody Wins a War - Shelby Johnson (7:41)
  16. 16 Revelations 2010 (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raheem DeVaughn Primary Artist
Alfredo de la Fe Strings
Dave Darlington Keyboards
James Preston Keyboards
Luisito Quintero Percussion
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Keyboards
Debbie Knapper Guitar
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes Guitar
Mike Ciro Bass, Guitar, Sitar
Shawn Whitley Bass, Keyboards
Jerard Snell Drums
Phil Cornish Keyboards
Eugenia "Chinablac" Bess Background Vocals
Big Bob Terry Musician
Leonard "E-Flat" Stephens Keyboards
Chris "Symfonikz" Lewis Musician
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Hal David Composer
Albert Johnson Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Jerry Vines Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Management
James Preston Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Composer
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez Producer
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
Malik Yusef Composer
Irving Lorenzo Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
Jill Scott Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Composer, Producer, Engineer
Yas Inoue Engineer
Dwele Vocal Arrangements
Raheem DeVaughn Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Ronnie Jackson Composer
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes Composer
Kejuan Muchita Composer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Mike Ciro Composer
Ne-Yo Producer
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver Composer
Jamil "Face" Johnson Engineer
Olubowale Akintimehin Composer
Jeremy Reeves Composer
Ray Romulus Composer
Jonathan Yip Composer
Christopher Bridges Composer
Phil Cornish Composer
Denise Trotman Art Direction
Tennyson Richards Groomer
Carl Gonzalez Composer
Big Bob Terry Composer, Programming, Producer
Richie Owings Prop Stylist
Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson Producer
Leonard "E-Flat" Stephens Composer
Nick Roache Engineer
Symfonikz Producer
Chris "Symfonikz" Lewis Programming
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