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Album Review

"The R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rock Star" — wait, isn't that Cody ChesnuTT? Or is that Van Hunt? Erykah Badu? Regardless, that's what Raheem DeVaughn is calling himself, and it's likely a catch phrase intended to gain some more of the attention the singer deserves. Despite reaching the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, 2005's The Love Experience didn't crack the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, and none of its excellent singles (including "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You") came near the Top 30 of any chart. By word of mouth and persistent rotation on "grown folks"-type R&B video programs, DeVaughn gradually developed enough of a following — including vocal admirer Alicia Keys — to make his follow-up a rather anticipated release. DeVaughn's new nickname is just one part of a subtly aggressive attempt at attaining further commercial appeal: Scott Storch, Chucky Thompson, Orthodox & Ransum, Kwamé, and Bryan-Michael Cox are all brought onboard to give Love Behind the Melody more of a mainstream R&B radio sound without making it seem like a blind stab at sales. Even "Customer," with its gently twisting, lullaby-like resemblance to J. Holiday's "Bed," and the anthemic "Woman" (an extension of "You"'s proud pro-woman theme, nominated for a Grammy prior to the album's release), are not likely to dismay those who are opposed to modern pop/R&B. What's more, both songs are convincingly "honor and do for you" in a selfless way, a major aspect that separates DeVaughn from nearly all of his contemporaries on the radio. In fact, as a whole, the album is much more "You're great" than "I'm great." Even the tracks that act more as mood pieces, such as "Desire" ("It feels so damn good to be used") and "Marathon" ("You make all my daydreams come true"), are full of gratitude, and they are destined to be slotted into many modern quiet storm playlists, leaving immediate and lasting impressions. This is a significant improvement over The Love Experience in every respect — somehow displaying an increase in both modesty and ambition, as well as offering a more refined yet bolder set of material. Whether or not DeVaughn goes gold, you can bank on at least a couple major R&B artists going into the studio throughout the remainder of 2008 wanting to come out with something as hot and imaginative as this.

Customer Reviews


this album is wicked trust me

regret to say it

i dont write reviews, its not my place to put people off any music. that said, raheem devaughn's second album is worlds apart from his first...but not in the way that any neo/indie soul fan would want. he seems to have taken a commercial direction and whilst working with Outkasts' 'Big Boi' (known to rarely conform to the hip hop norms), all that you find on this work is a feeling that the term 'sold out' comes to the tip of your tongue. a real shame, if only he had tken the Eric Roberson route and opted for the choice of music over fame. there are a couple of nice tracks, but even the best here doesnt compare with the worst on his first able (if there indeed are any bad tracks there?!) listen for yourself.....and dont forget to check out the digital booklet containing Rahemm looking all bling'd up, oh dear, why???????

First albums are always better!

To give this album one star I think is completely unfair and damaging. Yes this album is not as good as The Love Experience, given, but there is still plenty of new material that anyone that likes the first one will like also. He has attempted to appeal to a bigger audience with some up tempo tracks like Friday, however, it doesn't work. Also with butterflies the up tempo beat that is production driven dont suit his style. As I said before though the rest of the album is typical Reheem Devaughn. Enjoy!


Born: 05 May 1975 in Newark, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The son of jazz cellist Abdul Wadud, Maryland-based R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn kicked his career into gear with a series of independent releases, aided in part by the cash reward earned from winning a talent contest. Jive became interested, signed him, and released The Love Experience in June 2005. The album peaked within the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 album chart, with the singles "You" and "Guess Who Loves You More" regularly spun on some of the more adventurous R&B stations across the U.S....
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