Raphael Saadiq

The Way I See It (Columbia)

Phases & Stages

Raphael Saadiq

The Way I See It (Columbia)

How long cats can pretend it's 1965 is anyone's guess, but if the results sound this uncanny, who's complaining? Former Tony! Toni! Toné! singer Raphael Saadiq re-creates the Motown sound like no one before him, "Keep Marchin'" echoing the civil rights era message music of Sam Cooke and the Staple Singers, while Motor City monster "100 Yard Dash" demands a sprint to the dance floor. Saadiq's tenor cruises down Smokey Robinson Boulevard on the Joss Stone-guested "Just One Kiss," and Stevie Wonder blows harp on "Never Give You Up." Despite the Jimmy Ruffin cover pose, The Way I See It offers a few subtle hints of the present. The brass-laden "Big Easy" sheds tears over broken levees, and Saadiq propositions his boo with new-millennium bluntness on "Let's Take a Walk." Tony! Toni! Toné! has done it again!

***.5

READ MORE
More Raphael Saadiq
Phases and Stages
Raphael Saadiq
Stone Rollin' (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, June 24, 2011

ACL Live Shots
Raphael Saadiq

Raoul Hernandez, Oct. 9, 2009

More Music Reviews
Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
Altin Sencalar
Introducing Altin Sencalar (Record Review)

Jay Trachtenberg, Aug. 18, 2017

Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
Peacemakers
Peacemakers (Record Review)

Jay Trachtenberg, Aug. 18, 2017

More by Thomas Fawcett
Local Musicians on Avoiding the Sophomore Slump
Local Musicians on Avoiding the Sophomore Slump
Five trending Austin-hatched acts that sidestepped recording’s biggest pitfall

Aug. 4, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: Susan Antone
Susan Antone
“If I could do in my lifetime half of what she’s done, I’d be a happy person”

June 30, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Raphael Saadiq

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)