Picks and Pans Review: Rahsaan Patterson
It would be easy to dismiss Rahsaan Patterson as yet another in a seemingly endless parade of R&B Romeos. After all, he fits the profile: young, good-looking and ready, willing and able to dish out the come-ons. But Patterson, who cowrote Brandy's No. 1 hit "Baby," has more on his mind than just getting some. Or, to be more precise, he's figured out a more interesting way of going about it.
The 23-year-old has a serious skill for coming up with catchy, funky songs that avoid formulas—acoustic-based arrangements, for instance, that manage not to make him sound like Baby face. On the percolating "My Sweetheart," Patterson displays a playful sexiness that can't help melting hearts. Armed with a soaring tenor that has more than a little Stevie Wonder (circa Talking Book) to it, and a set of joyous love songs, Rahsaan Patterson enters the R&B sweepstakes with a winning ticket. (MCA)