Love Behind The Melody CD (2008)

Artist: Raheem Devaughn

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Product Overview


Label Jive Records/sbme
SKU 209207998
UPC 886973548226
UPC 14 00886973548226
Format CD
Release Date 9/5/2008
Author Raheem Devaughn
Artist Influence D'Angelo
Artist Influence Donny Hathaway
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Prince
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
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Technical Info
Engineer Chris Carmouche; Jamil 'Face' JOhnson; Aaron Fessel; Dru Castro; Conrad Golding; Teddy Lewis; James M. Wisner; Yas Inoue; Ivan Barias; Loren Hill; Sam Thomas
Producer Bryan Michael Cox; Jack Splash; Ivan Barias; Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez; Mark Batson; Scott Spencer Storch; Carvin Haggins
CatalogID 735482
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 11/27/2007
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 34s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886973548226
Musical Guests
Big Boi
The Love Life Orchestra
Plant Life
Malik Yusef
R. Kelly
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Raheem DeVaughn (background vocals); Kevin Veney (guitar); Alfredo de la F? (strings); David Moyer (tenor saxophone); Mark Batson (piano, keyboards, drum programming); Loren Hill (keyboards); Dennis Chambers (drums); Richard Shelton (drum programming); Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jamil "Face" Johnson; Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez; R. Kelly.
Illustrator: Demont "Peekaso" Pinder.
Photographer: Sarah A. Friedman.
Arrangers: Jack Splash; R. Kelly.
Neo Soul crooner Raheem DeVaughn lists his home as "Loveland, United States" on his MySpace page, and there's little evidence on "The Love Behind the Melody" to suggest he would live anywhere else. With a light, airy voice that caresses the songs without rubbing them the wrong way, DeVaughn slinks his way through smooth, neo-classical jams as if he was born for it. "Mo Better" updates intimate '70s Philly soul with a string-dripping intro and brushes of keyboard, while "Women" sprinkles a slightly tougher beat onto the standby ode to the fairer sex. But while some of DeVaughn's contemporaries get low lyrically, he keeps it strictly class, focusing on woman's brains and strength. DeVaughn clearly paid attention to every soul disciple from Stevie to Luther to Prince, but he's got a silky voice all his own.
Artist Overview
Neo-soul artist Raheem DeVaughn was raised in a musical family (his father is jazz bassist Abdul Wadud) and cut his chops as a songwriter and singer in the Washington, D.C., area. DeVaughn's mellow, soulful sound, which borrows from classic soul artists like Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, caught the ear of Jive Records, which issued his debut, THE LOVE EXPERIENCE, in 2005. The debut did well on the strength of the singles "You" and "Guess Who Loves You More," which set the stage for 2008's LOVE BEHIND THE MELODY. The single "Woman" was nominated for a Grammy (for Best Male R&B Performance) in 2008.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[H]e wraps his tenor around unusually sincere ballads....Music that transcends today's commercial rules." -- Grade: A-
Disc 1
1 Hello Love...
2 Woman
3 Love Drug
4 Energy - (featuring Big Boi)
5 Friday (Shut The Club Down)
6 Customer
7 Mo Better - (featuring The Love Life Orchestra/Plantlife)
8 Woman I Desire - (featuring Malik Yusef)
9 Desire
10 Midnight
11 Marathon - (featuring Floetry)
12 Butterflies
13 She's Not You
14 Can We Try Again?
15 Try Again
16 Empty
17 Four Letter Word
18 Text Messages
19 Customer - (Remix, remix, featuring R. Kelly)
Product Attributes
Artist Devaughn,Raheem
Label Jive/silvertone Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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