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Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B001CY2EL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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1. Sure Hope You Mean It
2. 100 Yard Dash
3. Keep Marchin'
4. Big Easy featuring The Infamous Young Spodie and the Rebirth Brass Band
5. Just One Kiss featuring Joss Stone
6. Love That Girl
7. Calling
8. Staying In Love
9. Oh Girl
10. Let's Take A Walk
11. Never Give You Up featuring Stevie Wonder and CJ
12. Sometimes
13. Oh Girl (Remix featuring Jay-Z)

Editorial Reviews

Raphael Saadiq's album The Way I See It is satisfying for both old school heads and today's hip music buyers: his background as a musician, singer and songwriter is steeped in a love for R&B married with a commitment to making his own brand of expressive soul music. Born and raised in Oakland, California learned to play guitar, drums, and bass at the age of six, making the bass his preferred instrument. Singing with a professional gospel group by the time he was nine, Raphael's musical education encompassed classical music, '40s spirituals, hymns, Jazz plus R&B. From his early days as a member of the groundbreaking '80s group Tony! Toni! Ton‚!, through his work as an award-winning producer of such artists as Joss Stone, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, John Legend among many others and his own solo albums, the multi-talented Raphael Saadiq has kept the faith.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown classics that never were... September 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Ok, Michael McDonald did it, as did Boyz II Men. Released albums of Motown standards, I mean.

Raphael Saadiq returns on his third solo studio disc with a similar principle, but with a twist; "The way I see it" comprises 12 original songs which were clearly inspired by Motown, they sound like Motown classics that never were. Right down to the length of most of the songs (about 3 minutes each), the harmonies, to the use of live instrumentation, he's got everything down to a "T"! It never sounds like pastiche.

Opening cut "Sure hope you love me" is an upbeat song that The Temptations or The Miracles could have done, and that sets the tone for most of the upbeat songs. "100 yard dash" (groovy with excellent harmonies), "Keep marchin'" (very Miracles-like), the sunny and bouncy "Big easy" (which takes a clever look at Katrina's effect on New Orleans - The Big Easy - using a story of a search for his girl who went missing), "Love that girl", and "Staying in love".

However, where he excels is the ballads; The all too brief "Just one kiss" features Joss Stone duetting (he did some production on her last CD) and reminds me of "I second that emotion". Saadiq admits this song was inspired by Smokey Robinson.

"Calling" is a stunning Doo Wop ballad with some Spanish guitar and vocals. It sounds like something Anthony & The Imperials would have done.

The piano/organ ballad "Oh girl" is awesome. Sweeping, and sung in a youthful falsetto, with crooning harmonies. "Let's take a walk" reminds me of Little Stevie Wonder (you bet Stevie would have been too young to sing about THAT though, lol!).

"Never give you up" features additional vocals by CJ Hilton, and a harmonica solo by Motown legend Stevie Wonder.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Of The 60's (Rating: 9 out of 10- -4.5 stars) September 23, 2008
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I was kind of skeptical of buying this since I read in a few reviews of Raphael Saadiq taking his new album, The Way I See It, back into the 60's. I admit, I had to let this concept grow on me a little bit, only because I was not familiar with that kind of music. Thankfully it did, because the whole vibe does remind me of old 60's soul music. My dad, who grew up around the early/mid 60's, always played that kind of music during long road trips. So hearing something like this clicked in my head, as memories of those times.

Raphael Saadiq always had a great voice, all the way from his Tony Toni Tone days (they always loved that kind of music), so his vocals just flows with the vibe (on "Oh Girl" is vocals sounds like the lead singer from The Spinners). With upbeat songs such as "Sure Hope You Mean It" and "Keep Marchin'" has an old vibe to it. Love songs don't fail like the swingy (I guess I can make up a word too) "Big Easy", and the great sounding "Just One Kiss" with the help of Joss Stone. My favorite on here is "Oh Girl", and even the second take with Jay-Z is a bonus. Another favorite is "Never Give You Up" with CJ Hilton background vocals and legend Stevie Wonder playing his signature harmonica. Love it.

The Way I See It is a very conceptual album that is great. The music is sort of a time machine to bring back nostalgic memories for me (and if you were around that time, it does a lot more for you). With the nice sounding vocals and swell production, this is one that I will keep in heavy rotation for a while, and that's "the way I see it". Peace.

Lyrics: A
Production: A
Guest Appearances: A-
Musical Vibes: A+

Top 5 Tracks:
1. Oh Girl [2nd take] (featuring Jay-Z)
2. Never Give You Up (featuring CJ Hilton and Stevie Wonder)
3. Big Easy
4. Sure Hope You Mean It
5. Keep Marchin'

Honorable Mention:
1. 100 Yard Dash
2. Just One Kiss (featuring Joss Stone)
3. Calling
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost 1965 Classic September 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If the 60s Motown sounds is not your thing you probably will not like this cd. In my humble opinion, Saadiq knocks it out of the ballpark with this one, in terms of the musical arrangements, aching emotions, and sweet lyrics. He pours his heart and soul into every song - you would be hard-pressed to find any filler here. You cannot tell that the album was created in 2008! Yea, it is retro and breaks little to no new ground but damn Saadiq can craft mighty fine tunes. With so many production credits and quality albums under his belt Saadiq is heading towards legendary status. Ignore the hater reviews!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In A Word...Classic September 16, 2008
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Raphael Sadiq has been a dominant force in R&B for over twenty years as the front man of groups Tony Toni Tone and Lucy Pearl. As a producer he's worked with everyone from Joss Stone to D'Angelo. Now with his third solo album Sadiq bravely takes on the R&B sound on the sixties and it's no surprise he succeeds with great success. The Way I See It along with Dwele's Sketches Of A Man and Eric Benet's Love & Life is one of the best R&B CD's released in the last six months and I can guarantee if you like REAL music then you won't be disappointed. I broke down the CD track by track to give you a feel of what the CD is about.

1. Sure Hope You Mean It - The Opening Track Has a David Ruffin Type feel it and prepares you for a journey into soul music. Raphael talks about his lady always telling him that she loves him and he hopes that the words are true.

2. 100 Yard Dash - This is another winner with Sadiq talking about how far he'd run for love.

3. Keep Marching - This is an inspirational song in my opinion. It has a sixties Marvin Gaye type feel to it and could easily serve as the back drop for a movie set in the sixties.

4. Big Easy (featuring The Infamous Young Spodie & the Rebirth Birth Band) - Sadiq was quoted in interviews as saying Spike Lee movies inspired this song. Sadiq channels a young Curtis Mayfield with this song, and while listening to this song I honestly think Sadiq could score a movie soundtrack with ease.

5. Just One Kiss feat. Joss Stone - This is a lovely ballad with a summer time to feel it remsicent of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's, "Keep On Loving Me Honey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CD. Wished I would have bought it sooner !
Published 12 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best CD made in 100 years you will never find a CD like...
This was the best CD made in 100 years you will never find a CD like this again they don't make music like this anymore
Published 2 months ago by Andre Fullard
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a hit.
You can never go wrong with Raphael Saadiq. His music is always ahead of it's time and a breath of fresh air every time.
Published 4 months ago by Keith D. Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the day
Reminds me of my youth....the clarity of his sound on his cd just a wonderful era...just the music and voices
Published 7 months ago by Dejuana Bastine
3.0 out of 5 stars still love it
love the style did not care too much for the songs, this will not stop me from continuing to listen
Published 8 months ago by Susan A Helms
2.0 out of 5 stars The Way I See It
I am a jazz person, this sounded like raggae, also in a foreign language, nothing about it sounded like jazz, I hated it.
Published 9 months ago by pyro
5.0 out of 5 stars different sound
i was skeptical about an album that sounded like the Motown era, but Saadiq makes great music. Every song is perfect. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laynaloo
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown! Motown!
These songs sound like long lost music from Motown's vaults. The classic sound is there, right down to the tamborines.
Published 16 months ago by Estring
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
An incredible voice paired with a bit of an old school sound. I love this album. I was listening to it a lot on Spotify and watching the videos on youtube, but finally decided to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Emily Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Didn't realize it but I already gotten this collection from a family member probably 3 years or so ago! The whole family loved it then and I love it now!
Published 16 months ago by Neal
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