A Place Called Love Land

A Place Called Love Land

by Raheem DeVaughn


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A Place Called Love Land

Artistically and commercially, Raheem DeVaughn's time with Jive/Zomba closed on a high note. The Love & War MasterPeace, his third and final album for the label, debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 and received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best R&B Album. Nonetheless, DeVaughn moved to the independent Mass Appeal for an album titled (perhaps after consulting a Lonnie Liston Smith album title generator) A Place Called Love Land. There are no space princesses or golden enchantresses, but Love Land is stocked sky-high with slow material for bedrooms. "Ridiculous" is a falsetto ballad, sparsely ornamented to allow the light to shine squarely upon DeVaughn's awestruck but clear-minded pleading. Three consecutive tracks during the latter half are among the singer's best slow jams. "Greatest Love" (featuring Dru Hill's Larry "Jazz" Anthony), "Cry Baby," and "Make a Baby" all contain melodic twists that are subtle, lingering, and satisfying enough to wash out the occasional bluntly graphic couplet. No matter how boastful DeVaughn gets, a listener can feel as if she's being addressed directly pretty much all the way through. Even when DeVaughn sings "On the phone saying I love her, but in the bathroom there's another," as he does on "Wrong Forever," it's done as repentance. It's surprising that the newly independent DeVaughn, whose transition to a smaller budget is sonically transparent, doesn't let loose with some freewheeling funk like "Lose Control." That said, the throbbing "Love Connection," released as a single several months prior to the album, is his best uptempo song, as well as one of his catchiest concoctions. It didn't gain traction with radio -- a major shame.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: 368 Music Group
UPC: 0881034186522
catalogNumber: 8
Rank: 13510

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raheem DeVaughn   Primary Artist
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Musician
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
DeAndre Shaifer   Musician
Big J   Vocals
Curt Chambers   Guitar
Christpher Barnes   Musician
Antoinique Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

Phil Davis   Composer,Producer
Boney James   Composer,Producer
Ryan Toby   Composer
Jerry Vines   Executive Producer,Management
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
R.C. Williams   Composer,Producer
Kevin Liles   Executive Producer,Management
Chonita Floyd   Marketing
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer
Jerome Hipps   Executive Producer,Management
Michael McArthur   Executive Producer,Management
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer,Executive Producer
Ryan Tedder   Producer
Christopher Barnes   Producer
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver   Composer,Programming,Engineer
DeAndre Shaifer   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Marcus Siskind "DL"   Executive Producer
Moses Gallart   Engineer
C. Latif Williams   Composer
Clay G   Composer
Kristal Oliver   Composer,Producer
Adonis Shropshire   Composer
Tresa Sanders   Publicity
Andrew Hopson   Marketing
Jahmal Cantero   Composer
Johnnie Smith   Composer
Jay Fenix   Composer
Meshawn Jones   Composer
Durrell Scott   Composer,Vocal Producer
Maurice "Modigga" Randolph   Producer
Tommie McGlauflin   Composer
Terrell Roper   Composer
Mo Digga   Composer
Maurice Randolph   Composer
Christopher Barnes Schaifer   Composer
Boogie Wizzard   Producer

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