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Love Behind The Melody

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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, De Vaughn 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 De Vaughn's contemporaries get low lyrically, he keeps it strictly class, focusing on woman's brains and strength. De Vaughn clearly paid attention to every Soul disciple from Stevie to Luther to Prince, but he's got a silky voice all his own.

If you're new to Raheem DeVaughn but have caught wind that he calls himself an R&B-hippie-neosoul-rock star, you've got a right to be skeptical. It's hard enough to hold down an advanced degree of R&B cred these days without ratcheting up the pressure by insisting on being a hippie and a rock star, too. And despite the best efforts of Jill Scott and Angie Stone, neo-soul seems to have sputtered out somewhere among the back rooms of Maxwell's '90s-era urban hang suite. But DeVaughn's sophomore disc will hang your skepticism by its ankles and make it squirm. The D.C. singer and contemporary of Erykah Badu and Common is a gifted guy who knows how to work a lyric and never met a melody he couldn't set swiftly into motion. The best evidence comes by way of the radio-ready "Woman," a sweet-natured thumper as relatable as a crooked smile, but it's backed by pop-scraping tracks including the Gnarls Barkley-like "Energy," featuring Outkast's Big Boi, and the daydreamy and fully irresistible "Butterflies." DeVaughan simultaneously sounds like every soul singer who has raised bumps on your arms and none of them at all, which is to say he's an artist no matter what banner he flies. His mission is to move you, not just fill the space around the speakers. And in song after song here, he makes it happen. --Tammy La Gorce

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hello Love...
  2. Woman
  3. Love Drug
  4. Energy Feat. Big Boi
  5. Friday (Shut The Club Down)
  6. Customer
  7. Mo Better
  8. Women Interlude
  9. Desire
  10. Midnite Interlude
  11. Marathon Feat. Floetry
  12. Butterflies
  13. She's Not You
  14. Try Again Interlude
  15. Try Again
  16. Empty
  17. Four Letter Word

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kurupt VINE VOICE on January 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Sophomore album for Raheem Devaughn is just as good if not better than the first album. The album just like the first displays the vocals of the very talented raheem devaughn over some very good tracks. Track by track he displays his love and respect for women. It is good to hear an adult album amongst the slew of albums that have been released by teenagers lately. The only song on the album I didn't care for is FRIDAY (SHUT DOWN THE CLUB). Its not a bad song, it just doesn't really fit in on this album. All the other songs are bangers. Some of my go to songs are DESIRE, EMPTY, and MARATHON featuring Floetry. This album is dope don't sleep!!!!!
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I was introduced to Raheem DeVaughn when I heard the song "Guess Who Loves You More". The song sampled the classic Earth, Wind & Fire track "Can't Hide Love" and the song quickly became one of my favorites in the year 2004. I was anticipating the release of Raheem's debut CD but the project kept getting pushed back. I finally heard another track "Believe", which was a nice slow jam and finally in 2005 we were blessed with Raheem DeVaughn debut CD entitled The Love Experience. The title track instantly became my favorite track as Raheem went through the experiences in his life when he did people wrong and people did him wrong when the word love became involved. Since, he had personal experiences to be able to relate to, he had a better understanding of what love was. My other favorite tracks ended up being "You", "Breathe", "Where I Stand", "Ask Yourself" and "Who". This CD remained in heavy rotation for awhile and I was definitely looking forward to see what the future held for Raheem DeVaughn.

I began to hear a track from Raheem entitled "Woman" and I was glad to hear that the track was the 1st single from his new CD entitled "Love Behind The Melody". Raheem's dedication to every grandmother, mother, sister and baby mama across the world was produced by Carl "Chucky" Thompson who produced Emily King's East Side Story that was released last year. If you do not have Emily's CD you should definitely pick that up. It's one of my favorite r&b releases from 2007.

"Love Behind The Melody" was released on January 15, 2008.
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After the releases of "The Love Experience" and "Love Behind the Melody", Raheem DeVaughn hasn't a thing to prove to anyone. He is a very talented vocalist and his lyrics are definitely among the best when comparing them to his male contemporaries. His words will keep a smile on your face. He says things that will make a woman's heart skip beats. "Love Behind the Melody" is such an impressive album, I can't decide which is better between it and his amazing "The Love Experience." I would say that this one is more consistent than his first, so it has the upper hand. "Love Behind the Melody" is inundated with ballads and mid-tempos with lots of piano and drum, lots of sincerity, all the work of a seemingly sincere and mellow gentleman.

I'm a sucker for live instrumentation, and this album has much of that! "Love Drug" has crafty lyrics as well as some talented individuals on the instruments. "Friday (Shut the Club Down)" samples The Temptation's hit "My Girl." I had a great time listening to this song, especially the parts where DeVaughn apes the Temps. "Desire" and "Marathon" have somewhat eerie production, but are remotely enjoyable nonetheless. "Marathon" features two incredibly talented women, Floetry! Their collaboration with DeVaughn is alright, but with all this talent in one studio, a better result surely could have been birthed. Oh, well. "Four Letter Word" is one of the more memorable moments on this LP. I particularly reveled in the melody; it is nothing short of fantastic! Also, this album's production is all kind of similar, but this song is very different than the rest of the album. It is imperative that everyone pay special attention to the lyrics on the phenomenal song, "Woman." This is easily one of the best songs dedicated to women in decades.
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Yes. Yes. Lightening seems to be the only word I can associate with the great Raheem Devaughn. Since I've bought the cd I've had nothing but awe strike me just as lightening has. As good as the first one, fine tuned, and full of soul and thats saying a whole lot. Great Follow up album Mr.Devaughn. Since This review is a little premature considering the fact that I just purchased the album a couple of hours ago. Yes I love this album but..... Just like "Sweet tooth", " "Friday", leaves a lot to be desired, but all in all a winner. I can't seem to say enough about this man and his seemingly flawless music writing so I will let the album speak for itself. Again Good Work and I hope to see you and your twentith album someday.
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One listen to Love Behind The Melody & you'll understand why Raheem is R&B's best kept secret. He has crafted a musical masterpiece that gives new hope to people who feel that R&B has taken a nose dive due to teenage pop and Vocoders (T-Pain) or just total lack of focus from the artist (R. Kelly). He even managed to get the possible "last" song from the original Floetry! The only flaws I see are the Friday song & the fact that I would've enjoyed more full songs instead of interludes but they also set the scene for the next song to come. This album is clearly for the ladies but it also serves as a helpful tool for the fellas who have trouble expressing themselves, "She's Not You & Mo' Better" provide those tools! If you haven't heard The Love Experience pick it up & Play both in rotation and you'll hear great music and the new heir to the throne!....R. KELLY WATCH YOUR BACK! REAL R&B IS BACK!!!

Top 5 Fav's
1. Mo' Better
2. She's Not You
3. Marathon
4. Desire
5. Love Drug
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