Buy this album from our CD Shop RAHSAAN PATTERSON – After Hours
The One For Me - I Always Find Myself - So Hot - Burnin' - Loving You - The Best - Don't Run So Fast -
You Make Life So Good - Yeah Yeah Yeah - Separate - April's Kiss - Straighten It Out
(UK Dome, 2004)
I love Rahsaan Patterson. There's no two ways about it. Since he burst onto the
scene in the spring of 1997 along with sidekick Jamey Jaz I have basked in this guy's warm
music and I love his sweet vocal style and his head rooted in today but whose musical ideals seeded
in the 1970s and 1980s. What Rahsaan does well is make soul-satisfying happy, good-times
music. This heady mixture is what is missing from today's black music. For uptempo
material, for instance, my heart is still in the 1980s. I constantly dig out songs such as
Finis Henderson's "Skip To My Lou", Willie Collins' "Where You Gonna Be Tonight" and
The Strangers "Step Into My Life" because they are feel good and happy. This is the
feeling I get from Rahsaan Patterson and I had been waiting on the CD for well over 18 months.
I had heard some teasers from this last summer on Internet Radio and wanted MORE. The reason
it was delayed, I had read, is that MCA could not decide upon which was to be the initial
single release. When you look at the complete DRIVEL that is laughingly called R&B
in the major label arena today you can see why they could not pigeon-hole any track on
here to format for the clone-based merry-go-round. The result? MCA dropped
the set and Dome here in the UK grabbed it before it could hit the floor. Well,
hats off to Dome and underpants down to MCA!
This CD is truly magnificent,
bar a few inclusions which are not produced by Jamey Jaz, Rahsaan himself or … newcomer
Van Hunt. I have reviewed Van Hunt's CD for the printed magazine only, and did
not appear online. Van Hunt is a musical GIANT and Capitol must have credit for signing him.
His own CD was a super mix of styles, making a statement that he will NOT be pidgeon-holed
into any format and can therefore create whatever style of music he so desired.
This could be counter-productive, but what Van Hunt has done on this album is throw
him fully into the soulful vibe and his style matches that of Rahsaan very, very well.
In fact, it is almost seamless.
I suggest skipping the first two, bland, openers and
diving headfirst into the joyful party tune, "So Hot". So hot it is, with summer
coming this song courses through the veins and the grey matter resulting in the critic
in me to shout "YES!" This is just blindingly good and this will have you gyrating
around the living room, dancefloor or armchair. The FUNKY, early 80s sounding
"Burnin'" follows this theme and is another song that is simply to-die-for.
This, dear folks is modern soul music at its best - and you can't get much better
than that. Al I need now is the new Eric Benét CD to come out and I will be in
A similar story can be told about the rest of this CD. I just
love the positivity that he exudes. A noteworthy ballad comes in the form
of "The Best" which is a beautiful Stevie Wonder styled mid 70s number.
Let's hope Stevie's new album can meet this standard … though I have a horrible
feeling it will not. If you so desire strings, flutes and all manner of
instruments you will find them here - the melancholy "Don't Run Fast" is a song
dedicated to Rahsaan's grandmother and is one of THOSE lost songs that I mourned
whilst discussing Johnny Mathis' "I'm Coming Home". Please do not overlook
the "hidden" song which is tagged onto track 11, "April's Kiss".
"Straighten It Out" is ESSENTIAL and one of the highlights of the CD.
Thank you Dome, thank you Rahsaan, Jamey and Van Hunt. You have no idea how
important your music is today.