The Way I See It - Raphael Saadiq
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the R&B singer features artists such as Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Jay-Z.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Backed by a galvanizing ensemble of musicians that would make the Funk Brothers proud, Saadiq belts out effervescent love songs with infectious vigor.
  2. On his latest effort, Saadiq creates a seamless, supremely melodic set that evokes '60s and '70s soul.
  3. 80
    While the new direction is sturdy and refreshing, there is something comfortably familiar about it. The vintage shoes fit Saadiq, and he wears them well.
  4. 80
    Saadiq is a romantic who stays true to the deliberate simplicity of such titles as 'Sure Hope You Mean It' and 'Just One Kiss.' But his adaptable baritone is always crisp and cocky--he never threatens to assume the fetal position if he doesn’t get the extreme cuddling he craves.
  5. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    With a supple tenor that glides up easily into Smokey Robinson territory, the former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman has crafted a filler-free album that evokes classic Northern soul without sounding slavish.
  6. Tony! Toni! Toné! has done it again!
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4