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A tribute to classic soul that saves some golden-era magic for the next generation. With a tenor that hits Smokey Robinson's highs, Saadiq salutes vintage New Orleans R&B, Philly soul and Motown. But cameos by Jay-Z and Rocio Mendoza revamp those classic models with hip-hop flair.
RAPHAEL SAADIQ: 'THE WAY I SEE IT' [ALBUM REVIEW]..... Toyas World
As for 'Calling', I would say that this is the most inventive offering of the album simply because I have yet to hear a Motown-influenced song combined with Latin/Spanish references. Matter of fact, this is a first time hearing this, lol. Rocio Mendoza is the collaborator and supposedly, Raphael was so mesmerized by her voice when he stumbled across her doing her shift at an Los Angeles eatery, he immedietely whisked her away into the studio.
Although Saadiq is great, it seems like the best tracks on the album are where he gets help from his friends. The Spanish guitar and vocals at the beginning of Calling are spine-chilling. Thank you Rocio Mendoza. And when it segues into the Marvelletes-esque melody your stomach simply drops, its so good
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Ever wonder what doo wop can sound like today when you add a Hispanic singer named Rocio Mendoza to sing? Well you can hear it on the track "Calling". I gotta say it sounded a bit strange hearing a doo-wop-esque song started in spanish, but none the less is probably the smoothest track from the whole album.
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Raphael Saadiq "The Way I See It"
That casual vibe runs throughout Saadiq's immaculately assembled, long-awaited followup to 2004's Ray Ray (Pookie). "For the most part, I kind of played everything myself on the whole album, but I bumped into certain people," he says. He plucked Rocio Mendoza, the sensuous lead vocalist for "Calling," from his favorite LA breakfast spot and gave her a star turn.
I'm in love with a lady, but maybe she's a dame, or she could be a fellow in woman's clothing.
She's an angel, a flame that burns in my heart.
Why do I love her?
Most don't understand her.
They can only see a crazy filthy woman obsessed with glamour, money, and fame.
She's much more, when you're ready you'll find.
She's a well filled with joy, beauty, depth and riches.
She's been here for centuries before most these bitches.
She doesn't care if you love her cause she knows where she stands.
Her roots run deep into red earth and sand.
Her colors are plenty filling the land with homies and homeless and stranded and strays, starlets and harlets, transplants and flames.
Lost souls have cursed her and found ones have praised her.
Some find themselves. Some lose themselves, but she remains the same.
When you're ready to see her
Angel of the people.