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Rahsaan Patterson continues to redefine soul music with his third body-moving collection, "After Hours". The highly anticipated follow up to "Love In Stereo" and "Rahsaan Patterson," "After Hours" scintillates with smooth grooves, undeniable melodies and soaring vocals that can only be delivered by Patterson. Van Hunt, Jamey Jaz and Steve Hurley return as Pattersons core writing and production team, delivering a groove that will keep you moving after hours. Features the hits "The One For Me," "Separate," and "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" plus 3 bonus tracks not featured on international versions.
先に発売されたUK盤にはシークレットトラックとしてStraighten It Outが、CCCDの国内盤にはJust Like CandyとIfの2曲が、そしてこのUS盤にはForever YoursとSometimes (You Gotta Let Go) followed by Prelude: After Hours (Gone Is The Love)の2曲が（3曲なのだが、After Hoursは短いほぼインスト仕様）、それぞれ収録されており、ジャケットもいちいち異なる。
Forever YoursはMike Cityプロデュースと意外なものだが、あまり惹かれるものはない。しかしSometimes (You Gotta Let Go)はJamey Jazとのコンビで素晴らしい出来。前2作の雰囲気に近い。
アルバム自体はといえば、待たされたファンとしてはサントラ等で既発だった曲が3曲とも（The One For Me、So Hot、You Make Life SO Good）収録されているものの、どれも素晴らしいことに変わりなく気にならない。特に、おなじみのSo～シリーズのSo Hotの突進力は新鮮。
Rahsaan Patterson, who is the REAL DEAL in the sense that he can sing his azz off!
He also writes, arranges, co-produces and plays several instruments on his material as
well as provides most of his own background vocals with the exception of adding a few
vocalists like Trina Broussard, Ledisi, Chrisette Michelle, Dionne Farris, etc.,to spice things up.
Since 1997, he has dropped albums which, in my opinion, should be getting major airplay
all over black radio & BET!! But black radio has stubbornly refused to showcase any of
Rahsaan's work other than a quiet storm nod or two or in certain regions of the country.
But his work deserves to be embraced and exposed to a bigger audience,
because it's really that good! He is a full on artist in every sense.
Why the reason for this silent boycotting you may ask??
I say it's simply that some in the black music community (label heads and radio programmers)
have a problem with Rahsaan Patterson's nerve to live his life in total truth and openess!
He is a formidible talent & neo-soul artist who is openly gay and really makes no apologies for it!
Even though in recent years in interviews, he has shown signs of caving in to the pressure
by either evading the issue or going to the old standard sidestep tactic of him claiming bisexuality.
Many in the black community still harbor all these old-timey views and biases regarding
homosexuality which is just so stupid and ridiculous to me!
It's about the work!---The music, the it way makes you feel, what it means to you!
Not what the artists' personal preferences are or whether Rahsaan is singing to
a man or a woman!---Who cares??--It's the 21st Century for goodness sake!!
Every time I meet Rahsaan or have seen him perform, he is always in great sprits and
totally dedicated to his craft and giving his small sector of devoted fans their money's worth.
We discussed why MCA / UNIVERSAL REALLY DROPPED him from their roster, claiming that he
simply wasn't moving enough units on his first two albums:
"Rahsaan Patterson" (1997) and "Love In Stereo" (1999), while simultaneously sabotaging
them with limited label support (i.e. promotion), lack of adequate videos,
and of course BET and VH-1 not playing the ones that they did make!
You can forget MTV even touching it, until it gets to a certain level of crossover success!
Especially if it's a black artist!---It's an uphill climb still, even 28 years after
MJ and Prince (supposedly) broke down the doors of racial/musical segregation over there!
Having touched on all those factors, it's amazing to me that Rahassan still forges ahead
to keep his dream alive, starting his own independent label and trying to get major
distribution at least. Because without that you are truly invisible in the music game.
He has partially moved himself to Europe, where his music has been more embraced and
given the respect it deserves, which is always the case with artists who create music
of any substance in the U.S., while they go basically overlooked in their own home country.
Overseas, they don't care about your race, religion, sexual preferences, or any other miscellaneous crap!
They only care if your are bringing it musically and emotionally as an artist
enough for them to give up their hard-earned money to support you!--That's what's up! (-:
The gems from this CD are: "The One For Me", "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah", "Don't Run So Fast",
"April's Kiss", "Sometimes (You Gotta Let Go)" and others.
If you haven't already, please do check this CD out as well as Rahsaan Patterson's
preceeding works and also the follow up to this album, "Wine & Spirits".
You'll find Rahsaan has very unique tone, inflects and range for a male singer.
He definitely studied under the school of Chaka Khan! (-:
His phrasing, timbre, tone and other vocal quirks are very much inspired by her.
But you also hear other influences as well as his own thing as well.
Rahasaan Patterson is one of the most criminally underrated talents in music today!
Patterson's third CD, After Hours may just be the vehicle to send him into the Urban AC stratosphere among both the 30 plus and minus crowds. And while much has been written about Patterson's likeness to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, and other soul legends, there's something completely modern about Patterson's music. There's nothing redundant or throw back about his music or his voice. With a sound that can only be described as pure soul, he's got the type of voice you can feel in your chest.
After Hours is a funky, melodic collection of soul grooves. Patterson's high-octave vocals and ability to express more emotion than most male R&B singers, prove that he's back, and better than ever. The record's first single, the Mike City-produced "Forever Yours," is another one of Patterson's intimate, mid-tempo masterpieces. Other highlights include the catchy, feel good "The One for Me, the funky, guitar-driven "I Always Find Myself," and the flawless, uplifting "April's Kiss."
The collection of songs on After Hours is universally satisfying, as Patterson seamlessly moves from midtempo to uptempo to ballad lacing every track with his soaring, heartfelt vocals.
As I listen to this disc again & again, I feel sad that another breakthrough talent, John Legend has received all kinds of accolades and press while Rahsaan is known largely within the wide circle of fans who know how truly magnificent & consistently excellent his music is. I'm not knocking John Legend but it's sad to think that because of whose "crew" one hangs with an automatic pass is given while other equally talented musician/songwriter/singers in r&b are ignored by the mainstream.
I especially loved the tracks Rahsaan worked on with Van Hunt. These two collaborate so well & the sound they create is funky, soulful & original which makes them stand out a little more from the other tracks.
My favorites are: SEPARATE, APRIL'S KISS (magnificent love song), THE ONE FOR ME, BURNIN', SOMETIMES (YOU GOTTA LET GO), THE BEST, SO HOT & DON'T RUN SO FAST.
Rahsaan makes it hard to recommend which disc to get first for the uninitiated but in my opinion, LOVE IN STEREO was his best work followed very closely by this one then his debut. Frankly you can't go wrong by picking any one of his 3 releases first since they're all equally magnificent (hate to keep using this word but it fits this artist).