Hard to believe that this
set is Rapheal Saadiq's
first ever solo set but it merits true as Mr. Saadiq presents
to the wold 'Instant
Vintage ' the
2nd release for his label Pookie
1st being the Lucy
Pearl self- titled
LP released in 2000).
The 19-track set incorporates
the sounds of all genders from soul, R&B and
hip-hop to doo-wop and rock for good merit.
Describing his sound as quote unquote "gospeldelic",
all songs were written by Saadiq himself, who produces, sings,
and plays various instruments (including the tuba) someone mentioned.
Guests artists include Angie
What I Can,"
and duet on "Excuse
producer/hip-hop artist Hi-Tek
(on “Tek-1 ”
and “Tek-2 ”)
and Saadiq's older brother, Randy
You might wonder why it's taken him so long to product such a
collaborative offering "It was just time for me to do this
right," says Saadiq, I liked being in bands. I'm a team player,".
While with Tony,
Toni, Tone he didn't
actively wish to go solo, "but it was always in the back
of my head that I did have that to fall back on.” Still, after
leaving the group, "It took me a while to be able to take
on the challenge of working on my own production."
The opening track "Doing
What I Can,"
is a journey of orchestral strings and tuba that's reminisce of
a classical opening theme, the listener gets a tutural into Saadiq's
life and times and mentions the tragic loss of his three brothers
and sister earlier in his life. Next is the steamy "Body
and the instantly funky, "Be
Other tracks reveal his affection
for his hometown with “Uptown
", the soul-soothing touch on "Different
the One That I Like "
emphasize the gospel sound he calls "gospeldelic", reinforcing
in different ways the idea that sometimes your best way in a bad
situation is to seek spiritual guidance. The album is set to be
released May 28, "Be
the first single featuring
be added to radio March 12.
This one should not
be overlooked though it's early in the year, has my stamp as one
of the candidates for Album of the Year. If you can find it pick
it up (it simply doesn't disappoint). A most definite TY-D
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