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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On his fourth album, his second independent release, Rahsaan Patterson indulges in a few whims that a sales-concerned major label would likely find problematic, but it is never at the listener's expense -- at least as long as the listener is OK with some adventurousness and a couple unexpected turns. At various points, the album is unselfconsciously funky, heart-on-sleeve lovesick, quietly distressed, loudly carefree, poignantly despairing, and guardedly optimistic. While there's really nothing wrong with the relatively straightforward and familiar-sounding songs about the joy and pain of being in love, it's the left-of-center material where Patterson seems most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On his fourth album, his second independent release, Rahsaan Patterson indulges in a few whims that a sales-concerned major label would likely find problematic, but it is never at the listener's expense -- at least as long as the listener is OK with some adventurousness and a couple unexpected turns. At various points, the album is unselfconsciously funky, heart-on-sleeve lovesick, quietly distressed, loudly carefree, poignantly despairing, and guardedly optimistic. While there's really nothing wrong with the relatively straightforward and familiar-sounding songs about the joy and pain of being in love, it's the left-of-center material where Patterson seems most comfortable. One of the bigger surprises is "Pitch Black." When heard at a low volume, the song could be confused for a weary, spiritually conflicted Prince, especially during the chorus; when heard at a high volume, a bassline that sounds like a dead ringer for early Cure -- not very neo-soul of him, is it? -- bubbles up to the surface. It is easily the most bleak thing he has recorded, packed with dread: "Pitch black/Panic attacks/Lookin' over my shoulder/Wondering what's going on/Can't see the light at the end of the tunnel/Am I ever gonna see the sun?" "Oh Lord (Take Me Back)" builds on After Hours' live-and-loose sounding "I Always Find Myself," churning as heavily as the Roots' "The Seed (2.0)," albeit with much more tension and release; it's bluesy, funked-up, rocking gospel with twists, pleading not for redemption or a new lease on life but a reset button instead. The album does go in several directions and will take longer to process than Patterson's previous three (there's even a Janis Ian cover, of all things, to close), but that'll only make the wait for his fifth album a little more tolerable. More crucially, the variety of sounds and emotions is not the result of trying to see what sticks. It all seems to have come naturally. Most crucially, it all sticks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Artistry Music
  • UPC: 181475701323
  • Catalog Number: 7013
  • Sales rank: 119,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cloud 9 (4:24)
  2. 2 Delirium (Comes and Goes) (3:09)
  3. 3 Feels Good (4:30)
  4. 4 No Danger (3:56)
  5. 5 Pitch Black (4:15)
  6. 6 Time - Johnny Onyx (4:41)
  7. 7 Stop Breaking My Heart (5:12)
  8. 8 Water (4:23)
  9. 9 Deliver Me (4:04)
  10. 10 Oh Lord (Take Me Back) (4:19)
  11. 11 Higher Love (4:02)
  12. 12 Stars (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Patterson Primary Artist, Bass, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Bromberg Acoustic Bass
Jeff Lorber Piano, Keyboards
Keith Crouch Keyboards, Background Vocals, Various, Synthesizer Bass
Michael Hunter Trumpet
Jamey Jaz Guitar, Keyboards, Various
Cornelius Mims Bass, Bass Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Mikelyn Roderick Background Vocals
Trina Powell Background Vocals
Agape Jerry Guitar
Johnny Onyx Rap
Technical Credits
Janis Ian Composer
Brian Bromberg Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Engineer
Keith Crouch Composer, Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
Jamey Jaz Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Tom McCauley Engineer
Tom Zink String Arrangements
Rahsaan Patterson Arranger, Composer, Programming, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Mikelyn Roderick Composer
Ian Read Composer, Programming
Erik Reichers Composer, Engineer
Raj Naik Creative Design
Jarrad "Jaz" Rogers Composer
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