He couldn't leave well enough alone... but, damn, who could? This spirit, as articulated by a bassy voice-over in the album's intro, foreshadows the supposed blaxploitation flick concept of Ray Ray, nouveau-soul man Raphael Saadiq's follow-up to both 02's Instant Vintage and his work with groups Lucy Pearl and Tony! Toni! Tone! (who are both featured on the song Rifle Love). It's a very loose concept. Ray Ray's theme is a more general homage to G-Funk, breezy Oakland soul and Curtis Mayfield's catalogue. Saadiq's lyrics about loving you and raising your kids right are framed by crisp rhythm patterns, syrupy moogs, acoustic guitars, synthetic strings and bass that'll get your neighbour's apartment vibrating.
Saadiq gets soulful at the Guvernment tonight (Thursday, November 4) .