Results for Raphael Saadiq

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Stone Rollin' - SingleStone Rollin' available on iTunes

Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin'

Raphael Saadiq is a music veteran at age 44. He was a member of the successful R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! and then Lucy Pearl. Now he's released his fourth solo album called Stone Rollin'. Jim loves the vibe of it, even Robert Randolph's pedal steel guitar. You could accuse Saadiq of living in the past–he makes no bones about his roots–but he has the songwriting chops to put behind it. Jim gives this“great party record”a Buy It. Greg has always respected and liked Saadiq, but on this album he falls in love. He calls this album the singer/songwriter's crowning achievement, adding that Saadiq falls on the right side of the divide between retro and classic. Stone Rollin' gets a double Buy It.

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Go to episode 289
A Seat at the TableA Seat at the Table available on iTunes

Solange A Seat at the Table

Let's just get this part out of the way: Solange is the younger sister of Beyoncé. But that is where the comparisons end. Solange's new album A Seat at the Table is her 3rd studio album was produced by the noted R&B and neo-soul mastermind Raphael Saadiq. This is a protest album addressing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement. While it is an album with a political message Greg says it is a not a knock-out punch, it is much more subtle with a message of being“weary of the world.”While Solange's voice is beautiful and delicate, Greg says her voice is also strong. Jim also hears Solange's weariness and notes how it contrasts to the anger of sister Beyonce's Lemonade. A Seat at the Table gets a double-Buy It.

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Go to episode 567
Jimmy Lee

Raphael Saadiq Jimmy Lee

Jim calls Raphael Saadiq one the most important, if underappreciated, artists in r&b over the past several decades. He first emerged in the 1980s with r&b band, Tony! Toni! Toné! What followed beginning in the late 1990s was a series of solo albums and productions for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Solange. Now, Raphael Saadiq is back, after an eight-year hiatus, with what Greg calls his most“autobiographical”album to date, Jimmy Lee. Named after Raphael's brother who died tragically in the 1990s after years of addiction, the album delves into the toll of drug abuse. Greg says there is no album in Saadiq's extensive catalogue that resembles Jimmy Lee. It's“like he's channeling ghosts”in songs like "So Ready" and "Sinners Prayer," Greg suggests, noting that Saadiq is "enacting a role of a drug addict going through the throes of addiction". Jim says this album channels the“catharsis through confessionals”found in Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear. He adds that Jimmy Lee also channels the“clouds hanging over the African-American community”in the tradition of Sly & The Family Stone's There's A Riot Going On. Jim concludes that Jimmy Lee is a masterpiece.

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Stronger With Each Tear (Bonus Track)Stronger with Each Tear available on iTunes

Mary J. Blige Stronger with Each Tear

Jim and Greg continue their winter review round-up with a discussion of Stronger with Each Tear, the 9th album from R&B singer Mary J. Blige. Blige has built a career inspired by a life of drama. Now, self-proclaimed to be drama-free, she has to face doubts that she's lost her power. Jim insists happiness hasn't weakened Blige. What has weakened her is terrible production. With the exception of a beautiful Raphael Saadiq song, this album is filled with generic, glossy R&B. Jim can only give it a Burn It rating. Greg agrees that the production lacks authenticity, but thinks Blige fights through it. She's the best R&B singer working today, and he gives the album a Buy It.

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Go to episode 216
The Breakthrough (Bonus Tracks)Mary available on iTunes

Mary J. Blige Mary

Jim and Greg next review the latest release from reigning R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Blige is an artist who has been put through the ringer, but things were a lot more stable during the making of The Breakthrough. This didn‘t affect Blige’s sound, however, which is as gritty as ever. While Jim and Greg prefer the singer live, they agree that this is Blige's best album since 1992's What's the 411. (Sound Opinions H.Q. also recommends her 1999 release Mary). Our hosts are especially impressed with how Blige manages not to be overshined by the presence of so many star producers like Dr. Dre, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Will.i.am, nor star guests like Jay-Z, Raphael Saadiq and Nina Simone (from the beyond). Fellow divas Beyoncé Knowles and Alicia Keys can't always say that.

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lists

Top Albums of 2011…So Far

We're halfway through 2011, which means it's time to get a jump on the Best-Of Lists. Here are Jim and Greg's mid-year best.

Go to episode 292

Best Albums of 2011

Go to episode 315

The Best Songs of 2011 - Mixtapes

As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to think about the songs that defined the year. Jim and Greg have compiled their favorite songs into mixtapes. During the show you'll hear a small selection, but luckily you can stream both mixes in their entirety. And you can make your own.

Happy New Year from Sound Opinions!

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