After reading this completely silly interview with Raphael Saadiq in the Times’ Fashion and Style section (why would I care about his skincare regimen?) I realized it had been ages since I listened to his grooves. Saadiq’s debut album was released during my freshman year in college, and it will always spin me back to my first dorm room. Seductively repetitive, each track is built around an addictive loop. The whole album grows from song to song like some slowly turning kaleidoscope, patterns giving way to more patterns, underneath smooth/odd/sexual vocals.
I believe it was the opening line from Still Ray that caught my dear friend Leslie so off guard that she burst out laughing, “What did he just say?”
I’m coming home to you
Wear something see-through
So I can see your heart…
Just wait for the farty tuba @1:58. I love this album.