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Raheem DeVaughn- Take A Trip To Loveland!
on September 6, 2013
This has been a landmark week for the refined fan of real R&B. Three truly spectacular albums add to what has already been a great summer and one of the best years for music in years!!! Raheem DeVaughn's A Place Called Loveland is a place you can go and enjoy over and over again. It's an album so sensual, you can't help but drown in it.
The album goes almost like a rollercoaster where there's a nice buildup to the top and then takes your breath away as it plunges you deep in an ocean of pure bliss. The first few songs seems like a back and forth (break up and make up) section that Raheem places with a girl in songs like Love Connection, Wrong Forever and Complicated. Then with one of my favorites he figures out how badly that girl wants him and tells her to keep her 'love' corked on In The Meantime. A very nice groove that I love with the symbols and chimes(xylophone) drizzled in the background. Ridiculous, a song saying that people can call me a fool for what I feel for you and I don't mind, helps set up 30-35 minutes of what can be pure ecstacy for bedrooms. Pink Crush Velvet...'love', uncorked! Feels like a Prince influence, singing is almost like he screams out how much he wants that velvet to rain all over him. Wow! The braggadocious Greatest Love says you ain't never felt a love like this in stamina, passion, foreplay, climax and aftermath. Mad confident, are we? LOL. But it's a song to help slip from sensual into getting downright nasty with the sound relying on some heavy hip hop bass and edge. Cry Baby switches back as he says giving it to you so good, be crying tears of joy by the time all is said and done. Make A Baby finishes this part of the ride off as it sounds like he's ready for the finish to plant a seed. This whole section is the part you just sit back and enjoy the ride in more ways than one. Make 'Em Like You again brings that Prince sound as he rides heavy drums, guitars and piano to shoutout those precious finds in women you better lock down if you catch. Happy is a nice interlude that leads into a great duet which brings out his jazz background in Maker Of Love with Boney James. Describing the perfect woman in his eyes coming from a higher creator, he teams up exceptionally with Boney James' sax playing make it sound oh so heavenly. You Saved Me and True Love polish off the ride on the deluxe version and brings an ending that makes you want to go back to get on again & again.
Justin said he was bringing sexy back some years ago. Well this week we have seen intimacy, spiritually and sensuality brought back. All because of Jaheim, John Legend, and of course, Raheem DeVaughn. This and the other two albums add to the fact that got the kid-in-a-candy-store feel right now. All this great music this year TRULY has been a pleasure! From JT to Kelly Rowland, India Arie to Joe, TGT and now these three artists. As far as this album, I have no doubt when you pay your cost of admission(buying the album) you will enjoy the ride to the fullest! This CD (along with those others) are sure to have bedrooms on fire for years to come! May have to give your local fire department a call...Haha. Enjoy!