The Love Experience

The Love Experience

by Raheem DeVaughn
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The Love Experience

In the time it takes to listen to Raheem DeVaughn's The Love Experience, from start to finish, you can also cycle twice through Prince's Dirty Mind and end up somewhere in the middle of a third play of "Do It All Night." DeVaughn does it until the tape runs out. His debut is a very long album -- 70 minutes, in fact, and it would still be too lengthy without the concluding eight-minute thank-you track. So, if there's one thing DeVaughn didn't learn from his mother's record collection, it's brevity. He did, however, pick up a lot of other things from the past, most of which are far more important to have. Vocally, he's not too far from Dwele, with smooth, sweet tones that often drift into an even sweeter falsetto, though he could use a little of his peer's lyrical subtleties. His voice immediately pulls you in, so the shortcoming isn't as much of a factor as it would be with a singer of lesser skill. Most of his inspirations dwell in the '70s, favoring spare arrangements and elegant string flourishes over dramatic bombast and piercing keyboard stabs. Through numerous highlights scattered across the disc, it becomes apparent that DeVaughn is remarkably creative and talented and should be watched. One does wonder, however, if he was allowed too much creative freedom for a newcomer. His boldness also creeps into "Until," where he removes Ron Isley's voice from the Isley Brothers' "Footsteps in the Dark" (!) and sings a rather heavy-handed and self-absorbed set of verses about his hardships. Perhaps he could have learned something from a song by another (unrelated) DeVaughn -- William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for What You Got." And furthermore, why on earth would anyone want to toy with a perfect classic? [The Love Experience was initially released as a copy-protected CD, which may not register on some computers.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Jive
UPC: 0828765372329
catalogNumber: 53723
Rank: 63244

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raheem DeVaughn   Primary Artist
Larry Gold   Strings
Gene Perez   Bass
Kenneth Gregory Allen   Guitar
W. Ellington Felton   Beat Box
Mike Ciro   Guitar
Tanzania Lateef   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Cliff C. Jones   Producer,Executive Producer
J.J. Barnes   Composer
Kevin Jackson   Engineer
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Engineer
Jerry Vines   Producer,Executive Producer
S. White   Composer
Anthony Bell   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
L. Stevens   Composer
Kenny Dope   Producer
Daniel Hastings   Art Direction
Terry Hunter   Producer
E. Jordan   Composer
Carlos "Storm" Martinez   Engineer
Teddy Davis   Engineer
Yas Inoue   Engineer
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Kev Brown   Producer
Usef Dinero   Drum Arrangements
Pete Kuzma   Producer,Engineer
W. Ellington Felton   Composer,Producer
Ronald "P-Nutt" Frost   Instrumentation
Emmai Alaquiva   Producer,Engineer
Fanatic   Producer
Isaac Lewis   Producer
Jarrett Miles   Horn Arrangements
Jermaine Miles   Horn Arrangements
Kyle "K Murdock" Murdock   Producer,Engineer
Demont "Peekaso" Pinder   Illustrations
Supe   Producer
Warren Jones   Producer

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The Love Experience 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole CD is da Love Experience. The lyrics are Tight. This will stay up in your car just like it stays up in mine. I've played 'Guess who loves you More' like a billion times and it's never enough! This man must be Marvin Gaye's Grandson or something : ) Enjoy !
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wait for this CD is finally over and more than worthwhile. Raheem Devaughn The Love Experience Is original, romantic, beautiful, smart and lush! He's a wonderful poet and soulful singer. His music and voice reminds me of Marvin Gaye-and other old school masters. I love the way he infuses his words and lends his voice to 2 classic tunes " Guess who Loves you More" and "Until" (Isley Brothers music). The Cd is extremely breathtaking and romantic. Usually when an artist talks on the CD it can be annoying BUT not when Raheem Talks. His heartfelt words made my heart flutter. The songs easily flow into one another with clarity and depth and beauty. He does make some social comments that one can easily relate to their situations. I highly advise people to purchase this Cd and listen to the Beauty of Raheem's LOve Experience. To quote Raheem "I've Experienced the love Experience!" BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!! "I second that Emotion."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is simply sick. That kid from Maryland is off the hook and is about to blow up. This is a must have album for any true music lover. Simply one of the best albums released in 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally this album comes out and I just can't stop putting it on repeat! Love track 10- Believe
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is absolutely fabulous. It is a definate must buy. I saw him in concert in Atlanta and it was a true Love Experience. Raheem - You've done well boo! Keep the music coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago