Ray Ray - Raphael Saadiq
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  • Summary: The second solo disc for the acclaimed R&B producer features an appearance from his former bandmates in Tony Toni Tone.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. While his songwriting game can get amateur... Saadiq's bass virtuosity is strictly pimp caliber. [8 Oct 2004, p.117]
  2. Despite its faults--and there are many--Ray Ray is a startlingly inventive record.
  3. Ranging from funk, R&B and soul to gospel and hip-hop overtones, Ray Ray delivers the goods.
  4. 70
    Ray Ray hits more than it misses in its celebration of a time when George was making the mothership connection and Marvin just wanted to get it on. [Nov 2004, p.160]
  5. Ray Ray occasionally loses focus, slipping into moments that are either undercooked or worthy of the cutting room, but it's enjoyable enough to keep his followers happy and will certainly act as a remedy for those who don't like the gold-bricked path being taken by mainstream R&B.
  6. 30
    Profoundly disappointing. [Jan 2005, p.105]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. rickys
    Apr 12, 2005
    10
    ray ray hits so hard dawg! " toni tone` tony has done it again!" it feels good to hear some real music
  2. JWhilly
    Nov 20, 2004
    9
    Clasicc Saadiq -- Innovative, new, complex, respectful of his musical predecessors, pushes the envelope for r&b music. The name knows how to make a bass line groove. Expand
  3. PootieTang
    Dec 11, 2004
    9
    Classic. I think 10-20 years from now, Saddiq well be a Curtis Mayfield or Isaac Hayes.
  4. JamandileM
    Sep 14, 2006
    9
    This album always hits home when I listen to it.It is indeed a work of art.Some very funky beats.OUTSTANDING!
  5. AngelicaB
    Oct 25, 2004
    8
    This joint is simply beautiful in a world of tawdry nonsense.