Sunday, 1 May 2011
ALBUM SELECT OF THE WEEK: RAPHAEL SAADIQ-THE WAY I SEE IT
Last week Raphael Saadiq gave London the best gig they'll see all year and next week he's set to release what will probably be the best album we'll hear this 365 with 'Stone Rollin''. Still 'The Way I See It' was the itunes album of the year that took Ray Ray out of the best neo-soul singers category and put him in the legendary company of artists named Gaye and Cooke. A modern-day, original Motown revival just call this album and Saadiq saviours of real music. With the serious 'Sure Hope You Mean It', the sweet 'Love That Girl' and the sublime '100 Yard Dash' it really did sound like we where back in the 60's, live in stereo. Raphael also showed real support for New Orleans ('Big Easy'), true nostalgic introspection ('Sometimes') and song after song that walked the fine line between old soul and rock and roll the right way ('Keep Marchin'', 'Staying In Love', 'Let's Take A Walk' and 'Come On Home') Everything was done so right and sounded so good that once word got around everyone from Stevie Wonder to Jay-Z wanted to get down. Truly legendary with timeless nostalgia. The classic of classics. TIM DAVID HARVEY.