CD Love Behind the Melody [Bonus Tracks] (CD 1360274),
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Love Behind the Melody [Bonus Tracks]

  • 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)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 735482

  • Credits
    ProducerBryan Michael Cox; Jack Splash; Ivan Barias; Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez; Mark Batson; Scott Storch; Carvin Haggins
    EngineerChris Carmouche; Jamil 'Face' JOhnson; Aaron Fessel; Dru Castro; Conrad Golding; Teddy Lewis; James M. Wisner; Yas Inoue; Ivan Barias; Loren Hill; Sam Thomas

    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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[H]e wraps his tenor around unusually sincere ballads....Music that transcends today's commercial rules." -- Grade: A-
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