Thursday, April 07, 2011

Heart Attack

Song: Heart Attack
Artist: Raphael Saadiq
Album: Stone Rollin'

I was a big fan of Raphael Saadiq's last album, 2008's vintage soul-sounding "The Way I See It."  He hit all the right notes in capturing that old time sound, but more importantly, he just wrote some great songs.  I was excited to hear that he had a new record out and it seems that the style is carrying over as "Stone Rollin'"keeps that sound, but adds a little modern touch.

Things start off strong with the rocking "Heart Attack."  Cymbals, chugging guitar, and then Saadiq's pleading vocals, it's all very propulsive and infectious.  That flute cracks me up in the middle, and yet it totally works.  Things slow down on "Go To Hell" which turns into gospel-esque Age of Aquarius psychedelia.  "Radio," which was the album first single, has a rockabilly vibe and matching urgency.  By track three, I was hooked.

The album continues with one quality throwback after another.  The title track is a bluesy rock number that's slinky and sexy. (there's that flute again!)

These songs sound like they're from another era, but have a modern sensibility that reminds me, in a different way, of Winehouse's "Back in Black."  But this type of throwback isn't a walk in the park, Saadiq just happens to make it look easy.  There is real emotion and vitality in these songs that overcome "the concept."  But I suppose the man himself would argue that there isn't a concept here, there's just music.  And damn good music.


Stone Rollin'

Good Man

Preview of "Stone Rollin'"

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