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Album Review

Rahsaan Patterson's first proper studio release in nearly four years is his boldest and most scattered album to date, which — in the wake of Wines & Spirits — is saying something. It could not get much more daring than a drastic, uptempo overhaul of “I Only Have Eyes for You,” with Patterson performing all the vocal parts over slippery drum programming, synthesizer bass, strings, and horns. And that is what opens the album. The following three songs, boasting assists from Jody Watley, Faith Evans, and Shanice Wilson, are among Patterson’s funkiest and friskiest work, while the overjoyed “Stay with Me” is trailed by “Miss You” — mostly finger snaps and aching falsetto — and the sorrowful yet somewhat sweet “Goodbye,” a touching seven-minute ballad. The album’s second half is highlighted by two tremendously disparate numbers. The love hangover “6AM,” featuring Lalah Hathaway, is an irresistibly liquid but bumping groove reminiscent of Nick Martinelli's mid-‘80s productions with Loose Ends (among many others). “Mountain Top,” however, is a large gospel number, beginning with Patterson at ground level and escalating as he is joined by Tata Vega, Andraé Crouch, and the Andraé Crouch Singers. It sounds as if Patterson has never had more fun making music, indulging in his whims. It’s too bad he can’t do it more often.

Customer Reviews

he can do no wrong in my eyes

been a fan since the beginning. play the album from start to finish. It's brilliant

Lacks musical depth

Been a fan since his first album, Rahsaan grew wile his peers sank to soulless heights. Love in stereo was better than his freshman album then he hit soul heaven with his follow up on After hours. It's been a decline since..on this Bluephoria the vocals are lush and full of harmonies I just wish they were acapella. I think if he jumped ship to do the production on his own it should've been only on a few songs not a albums worth. I would like to hear him with other producers other than his usual co-horts. Dr. Dre could've returned this soul survivor to the radio waves, perhaps Dread ( Adriana Evans) would make beatiful music again.

Bluephoria

Man!!!!!! Rahsaan knocked it out of the ball park with this album. This album is BADDDD and so smooth with unique taste. I have been feenin for Rahsaan to come out with new music. He is definitely a highly gifted artist. His music takes you on a journey and to a good place. We need more artists like him to bring real music with a purpose back. I definitely encouraged everyone to purchase this album. I promise that you will not be disappointed. Rahsaan continue to use the gifts and talents that God has given you to make excellent music.

Biography

Born: January 11, 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Soul vocalist and songwriter Rahsaan Patterson is another in the line of new-school R&B singers (Maxwell, Erykah Badu) who displayed a bit more integrity than most of the chart-toppers during the 1990s. After singing in church from the age of six, Patterson moved with his family from New York to California to star in the children's show KIDS Incorporated. He later moved back to the East Coast, resuming his career with small TV roles and assorted commercials, but returned to Los Angeles in the early...
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Bleuphoria, Rahsaan Patterson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Jul 19, 2011

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