Love Sex Passion

Love Sex Passion

by Raheem DeVaughn

CD

Overview

Raheem DeVaughn didn't get the radio support with the independently released A Place Called Love Land that he received during his time with the Jive label. The 2013 album nonetheless peaked within the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B chart -- just as the Jive albums did -- a clear indication that DeVaughn needn't rethink his approach. Now with eOne, a larger independent organization, the transition is once again imperceptible to most listeners. Love Sex Passion, another lengthy release, delivers generous portions of romantic ballads and sensual slow jams, a mix of heartfelt sentiments and side-splitting come-ons, and a balance between current and bygone sounds. DeVaughn does not curtail his frankness. In "Strip," for instance, the initial instruction is "First, you take your clothes off." And, as usual, whenever he boasts in metaphors and similes -- "I'll be that pipe that make it burst," "High like a pistol at the range," and so forth -- annotation isn't necessarily required. Two highlights are blatantly nostalgic, among DeVaughn's best performances. They're like two scenes from a fictional biography about a late-'60s/'70s soul singer: the bluesy, slightly ragged "Baby Come Back," co-produced by BJ the Chicago Kid, would be the shoestring-budget 45 that lands him on a major to record "When You Love Somebody," a pained and polished ballad with a horn section and Larry Gold-arranged strings. In relatively contemporary-sounding songs, seasoned R&B heads are just as likely to catch nods to specific artists, such as Lenny Williams (in "Black Ice Cream," where an unmistakable "Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh" is let loose), Jodeci (in "Pretty Lady" with modern disco-funk featuring Trombone Shorty), and Leon Ware (in "Feather Rock Lovin,'" a sighing seducer). While some of the material sounds reheated, DeVaughn at least uses a top-of-the-line oven instead of a microwave. "Queen" is an apparent rewrite of "Woman," and it's nearly as remarkable as a tribute to women, as necessary in 2015 as its predecessor was in 2008. Speaking of queens, maybe one of the women in DeVaughn's life should be employed as the singer's artwork consultant.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2015
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923943822
catalogNumber: 9438

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raheem DeVaughn   Primary Artist
Larry Gold   Conductor
Kenny Allen   Guitar
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Bass,Guitar,Drums,fender rhodes,String Pads
Federico Gonzalez Peña   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
DeAndre Shaifer   Drums
Andrew Beckner   Electric Guitar
Naomi Gray   Cello
Charles Parker   Violin
Carl "Chucky" Thompson   Bass
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Aaron Hardin   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Korey Riker   Flute,Saxophone
Luigi Mazzochi   Violin
Blake Espy   Violin
Terrance "Big T" Brown   cowbell
Matthew Cappy   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Katja "Cartier Beats" Tubman-Toweh   Bass,Keyboards
Johnathan Lewis   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Boney James   Instrumentation
R. Kelly   Composer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Vitor Martins   Composer
Paul Grosso   Art Direction
Dalvin DeGrate   Composer
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Composer,Engineer
Federico Gonzalez Peña   Composer,drum programming
DeAndre Shaifer   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Jamil "Face" Johnson   Engineer
Travis Cherry   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bob James   Engineer
Brian "BJ" Douglas   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
R. Christian   Composer
Carl "Chucky" Thompson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Victor Morante   Production Director
BJ the Chicago Kid   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Aaron Hardin   Composer,Producer
Patrick Murphy   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jairus Mozee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Colleagues   Producer
Chaz Morgan   Cover Design
Danielle Brimm   Producer
Richard Hailey   Composer
Joel Hailey   Composer
Zachariah McGant   Composer,Programming,Producer
Illadelph Horns   Instrumentation
K. Powell   Composer
Katja "Cartier Beats" Tubman-Toweh   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jeffery "J. Oliver" Robinson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
IV H. Johnson   Composer
Andre "Dre the Mayor" Hopson   Executive Producer

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