- Released: November 27, 2007
- Label: Jive
Entertainment Weekly - p.69
"[H]e wraps his tenor around unusually sincere ballads....Music that transcends today's commercial rules." -- Grade: A-
- 1.Hello Love...
- 3.Love Drug
- 4.Energy - (with Big Boi)
- 5.Friday (Shut the Club Down)
- 7.Mo Better
- 8.Woman I Desire - (with Malik Yusef)
- 11.Marathon - (with Floetry)
- 13.She's Not You
- 14.Can We Try Again
- 15.Try Again
- 17.Four Letter Word
Personnel: Raheem DeVaughn (vocals, background vocals); Selan Lerner (various instruments, keyboards); J. Splash, Bryan M. Cox, Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, James Preston (various instruments); Barry Zito, Calvin "Tubb Young" Frazier, Kevin Veney (guitar); Alfredo de la F? (strings); David Moyer (tenor saxophone); Danny T. Levin (trumpet); Mark Batson (piano, keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming); Loren Hill, Johnnie "Smurf" Smith (keyboards); Herb Middleton (bass guitar); Dennis Chambers (drums); Richard Shelton (drum programming); Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver (background vocals); Plantlife & The Love Life Orchestra.
Additional personnel: Floetry, Malik Yusef, Big Boi.
Neo Soul crooner Raheem DeVaughn lists his home as "Loveland, United States" on his MySpace page, and there's little evidence on "The Love Behind the Melody" to suggest he would live anywhere else. With a light, airy voice that caresses the songs without rubbing them the wrong way, DeVaughn slinks his way through smooth, neo-classical jams as if he was born for it. "Mo Better" updates intimate '70s Philly soul with a string-dripping intro and brushes of keyboard, while "Women" sprinkles a slightly tougher beat onto the standby ode to the fairer sex. But while some of DeVaughn's contemporaries get low lyrically, he keeps it strictly class, focusing on woman's brains and strength. DeVaughn clearly paid attention to every soul disciple from Stevie to Luther to Prince, but he's got a silky voice all his own.