• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2008
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mojo
    60
    The Way I See It is refreshingly different, eminently listenable. [Apr 2009, p.110]
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    What's lacking from the Oakland native is the kind of fresh approach to a retro sound that elevated Amy Winehouse above straight homage. [Apr 2009, p.110]
  3. He is committed to the material--that is certain--but despite the original songs, an undeniable sense of déjà vu detracts from his fine performances.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. JaniceC
    Jul 16, 2009
    10
    I am one of the parents who, if it was slipped into my record collection wouldn't notice the difference! How talented is this singer and I am one of the parents who, if it was slipped into my record collection wouldn't notice the difference! How talented is this singer and composer to create the sounds of Smoky Robinson; Marvin Gaye; The Stylistics; Supremes etc etc and all by original compositions. Thank you to my son who gave this to me for my 64th birthday. This "old geezer" loves it - as I did when I listened to Mo- Town in my teens. Full Review »
  2. SlyK.
    Jun 18, 2009
    10
    Super sounds in every way music, lyrics, the whole ball of wax. This is real music! Outstanding! I
  3. AdrienneD.
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    This is the best album I've heard in a long time. Love the old vibe to it. In a world when so many songs and artist sound alike, here This is the best album I've heard in a long time. Love the old vibe to it. In a world when so many songs and artist sound alike, here come Raphael with this awesome take on old motown. LOVE IT!!! Full Review »