During album promo stops artists often say that their new album is by far their best work. To say that the statement is an cliché would probably be an understatement, and unfortunately most of the time artists say it, its sadly not the case. However, for his latest album Love Sex Passion, Raheem DeVaughn can run the cliché into the ground, because it’s the TRUTH. On his fifth album, Raheem has found his formula for just about perfect and he delivers on song after song.
After a decade in the industry every artist hopes to have figured out their brand of music with sights on releasing projects that are still able to grasp the hearts of their listeners. Easier said then done, particularly in the genre of R&B. Raheem is able to do just this on Love Sex Passion by revisiting the kind of songs that have stood the test of time from his previous albums. Without reinventing the wheel he’s able to provide a 90s R&B feel almost effortlessly.
The album’s single is a wonderful woman empowerment anthem titled, “Queen.” Any Raheem lover will concede that the song is reminiscent of Raheem’s early classic, “Woman,” but while the message may be the same, Raheem sings it in a way that’s completely in this moment.
Songs like “Black Ice Cream,” and “Terms of Endearment” are in the same vein as “Queen” in terms of finding ways to lift up our wonderful women. As one of the leading voices for positive males, Raheem knows how give men a record that makes them want to turn back the clock to call up a radio station to dedicate a song to their ladies. These are the songs that speak directly to the Love in the album’s title.
Right in the middle of the Love there’s a couple of songs that provide depth and a layer of heartbreak. Listeners probably won’t even realize because if you’re “listening” to the album and using it in the right way, by track five you should be concentrating on other things, namely, relations. Nonetheless, “Miss Your Sex” and “Baby Come Back” may be the most passionate songs of begging and longing that we’ve heard this decade.
Nothing really needs to be said for the last third of the album. It’s all Sex and Passion with songs like, “Never Never Land,” “Strip,” “Sun Proof Room (50 Shades)” and the R. Kelly inspired “Temperature’s Rising.” Nothing’s raunchy on the project for Raheem. It’s all tasteful R&B that can be enjoyed by all ages and lovers of all backgrounds.
There’s no let up on Love Sex Passion, just slow jams and music that makes you feel good. Seventeen tracks deep, Love Sex Passion is a passport to amazing music and a great night.
Raheem DeVaughn’s Love Sex Passion receives a PARLÉ
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