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on 3 March 2005
Raphael Saadiq is gotta be one of he most underrated producers as well as an underrated artist he's first solo album "Instant Vintage" only sold around 150,000 copies worldwide considering it's one of the most fresh and progressive albums in the last 10 years.
"As Ray Ray" comes as he's 2nd solo attempt with guess spots from he's old groups Tony, Toni, Tone & Lucy Pearl to newer artists like Allie Baba & the wonderfully angelic Teedra Moses who guests on 2 cuts.

1.Blaxploitation - This intro is like a radio advert promoting a 1940's movie it's really cool 9/10
2.Ray Ray Theme (Featuring Joi) - Joi guests on this song u might remember her voice as she had a song on the xXx soundtrack called "Lick" which was from her criminally ignored album "Star Kitty's Revenge". The song itself is somewhat short it's funky though and wouldn't have felt out of place in the 70's 10/10
3.I Know Shuggie Otis - Does He? Good for him. I'm not really feeling this but Raphael sounds excellent this song also is very short 7/10
4.This One - It's one of my favourite cuts it's also one of the strongest as well. It has a nice laid back voice with the somewhat sexual lyrics he sings about a girl being the one 10/10
5.Chic Like You (Featuring Allie Baba) - This song isn't much to scream about it falls into the same-old R&B formula it's not a great move for him but Allie Baba doesn't do a bad job but there's just nothing special about it although the clapping on the bridge gives the song a bit of a jump and kinda saves it 8/10
6.Live Without You - The nice horns in the background and Raphael's nice voice really compliment each other this song is about being in love really and wanting to get married it's actually an interesting song 9/10
7.Detroit Girl - Again Raphael goes for that 70's Soul/Funk feel which is the main theme of the album but with this song its just bland it does nothing and could have been left off 4/10
8.Not A Game (Featuring Babyface) - One of my favourite cuts it's a really nice song it has a nice beat and he's vocal's are really cool it's a nice funky song he's telling his girl to grow up 10/10
9. Rifle Love (Featuring Tony, Toni, Tone & Lucy Pearl) - Another of my favourites teaming up with both of he's groups a really nice love song there is only one flaw really there are too many gun shots which starts to get on your nerves. Dawn Robinson's verse is worth listening to (she's still a great singer) 10/10
10.I Want You Back (Featuring Teedra Moses) - Teedra is one of my favourite singer's at the moment (I will review her album soon). This is like a 80's soul song it's so damn funky it's just scream's out at you to nod your head and tap your feet 10/10
11.Chic (Featuring Teedra Moses) - Is there anything she can't do this song is kinda sexy this song is another of my favourites I can't stress enough how good her album is! Raphael really works well with Teedra I hope they work together more in the future 10/10
12.I Love Her - So if the main focus on this album is 70's soul then the main topic must be love this song is a nice happy song singing about telling people if they're girl makes them feel good u should shout out "I Love Her". He's not in love much is he lol 7/10
13.Grown Folks - I saw the title and I was expecting a really nice slow burning baby-maker but he takes it back to the 70's once more it's something similar to what The Isley Brother's used to sing nice song 10/10
14.Save Us - This song is such a let down because the last few tracks were excellent I just cant seem to get into this is just seems stupid and weird 2/10
Bonus Track
15. Scream - Only on the UK version this is about sex really he likes her screaming out hehe nice song there is also a song right at the end about weed which is just stupid 8/10
Top 5
1.I Want You Back
2.Rifle Love
3.This One
5.Not A Game
Overall it's worth buying just to see how much different this one is compared to "Instant Vintage".This one is more revival 70's R&B borderline pop from the deep organic Neo-Soul from the 1st album but buy it there are a few noteworthy tracks
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on 28 September 2004
Firstly, Where is the track listing?
Well I'll post it!!
1. Blaxploitation
2. Ray Ray Theme feat. Joi
3. I know Shuggie Otis
4. This One
5. Chic Like You feat. Allie Baba
6. Live Without You
7. Detroit Girl
8. Not A Game feat. Babyface
9. Rifle Love feat. Tony Toni Tone & Lucy Pearl
10. Chic feat. Teedra Moses
11. I Want You Back feat. Teedra Moses
12. I Love Her
13. Grown Folks
14. Save Us
15. Scream
The song that keeps jumpin up and bitin me is 'Detroit Girl'!!
"Now Detroit Girl, I'm loving your taste, and that chain around your waist"!!!!
Lovin the album!! Had it on repeat since last week!!
Love the strings, the Prince & Curtis Mayfield influenced tracks, the everythaaang!!
Lovely grooves with a retro feel. Feel good music y'all!
Different to Instant Vintage, so can't them both to death!!
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on 17 November 2004
As a massive Raphael fan from the Toni Tony Toné days and having seen him at Jazz Café only the week prior to the release of Ray Ray, I was really looking forward to his new material.
However, after many listens I am afraid to say that it is nowhere near as good or original as Instant Vintage. The great thing about Vintage was there were so many different styles and levels whereas this is simply one theme. The best track by far is I Want You Back with Teedra Moses but the rest, whilst very catchy, aren't in the same genial class as Instant Vintage. I think he is much better than this album demonstrates.
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on 4 October 2004
This is Raphael Saadiq's best solo project. It definitely highlights how talented he is as a musician and producer. The sound of "Instant Vintage" has been evolved onto another level.
Raphael seems to be arguing that we've moved on from the tag of "Neo Soul", which is true, this is album is a good balance of the old and the new.
Buy this. you will definitely not be disappointed...
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on 4 May 2005
This album is soooo good i`ve had it for a week and and played it twice a day!
Ray has been around for 15 years or more you really have to know your music....
The uk is lucky to get the bonus track "Screams" it`s the best song i`ve heard in years.To check out this song buy "Motives" a black movie starring sheamr moore and vivca fox scream features in the movie.
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on 11 February 2011
The cover is clearly meant as a joke. The album is good, but I feel it's not true to the artist's personality. It feels at times as if Raphael tries to show us how many genres he masters. I still consider his 3rd solo album his best.
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on 6 October 2015
below standards even for him
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