Picks and Pans Review: Love in Stereo
Rahsaan Patterson (MCA)
Album of the week
The annals of popular music are filled with performers who appear to have had all the gifts necessary for stardom yet never hit the pop jackpot. For fans of modern R&B, one such artist is singer, songwriter and producer Rahsaan Patterson, who released his self-titled debut album in 1997. Filled with sexy, playful love songs and a sound that invoked but never imitated Stevie Wonder, the CD received lavish praise from critics—who seemed to be the only people listening. This sophomore effort deserves a better fate. With songs that range from the understated to the sly and funky, Patterson makes traditional sentiments about love sound sultry and refreshing. Even on harder-edged tracks he infuses his come-ons with humanity and passion. Here's hoping this powerful performer gains the stardom that has eluded him.
Bottom Line: Stirring soul
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