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Rahsaan Patterson's latest album worthwhile


Love In Stereo

Rahsaan Patterson
12 Songs, 57:06
MCA Records 

Grade: B


By Kunal Mishra
Daily Cougar Staff

The talent that exists behind the scenes in music is frequently buried behind the performers. Songwriters and producers do not get the accolades they often deserve. The general public only wants to know the name of the performer who sings its favorite songs. 

R&B artist Rahsaan Patterson is one of the aforementioned individuals who deserves the spotlight. Patterson, whose songwriting successes include Brandy's "Baby" and Tevin Campbell's "Back to the World" (co-written with producer Jamey Jaz), has also written for artists such as Chico DeBarge, Christopher Williams, Jody Watley, Colour Club and Ray J (Brandy's brother). 


Heavily-pierced, writer/producer/singer Rahasaan Patterson's unique style is showcased on his latest set, Love In Stereo

Jim Wright/MCA Records

In 1997, Patterson came to the forefront with his self-titled solo debut. For the next two years the album was supported with an international tour. Now the follow-up -- Love in Stereo -- has been released.

Patterson said he feels that the two albums complement each other. "Love In Stereo is, in one aspect, stereo being left and right. The first album was the right side -- sweet, romantic. This one is a little darker. It's the other side of me," he said.

The first single, "Treat You Like a Queen," deals with the sad reality of domestic violence. The message implies that women need to be respected and valued. Patterson may feel that Love in Stereo is dark, but the average listener may not find that to be the case.

He avoids the morose approach on the catchy "So Right" (co-produced by Jamey Jaz) and "The Moment," which rely on higher-pitched vocals for their respective choruses.

The New York native takes on a fusion approach for "It Ain't Love." The song opens with the dramatic sound of violins that turn into upbeat funk rhythms.

"Sure Boy" reveals Patterson's down-to-earth approach: "I am a sure boy with an open heart/Down to finish what I start/Can't nobody change my tune."

He avoids the distraction of making an overproduced album that lacks substance, and comes away with a relatively good album. If nothing else, it's worth a listen.
 

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