Rahsaan Patterson Heroes & GodsNew release

Heroes & Gods

Rahsaan Patterson

Released on May 17, 2019 by Shanachie

Main artist: Rahsaan Patterson

Genre: R&B/Soul > R&B

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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There's never a bad time for a new Rahsaan Patterson album, but 2019 is uniquely appropriate, as it's the singer's 35th year in the entertainment industry. Moreover, the release of Patterson's last proper LP is creeping toward its eighth anniversary, consequently his longest period of silence by far. Patterson seemed to be touring for most of the break, however, and presumably spent a good amount of time sketching and sharpening the material that makes up Heroes & Gods. Like his two most recent albums, Bleuphoria and Wines & Spirits, it communicates many emotions relating to intimacy and continually switches up sounds, like a lovingly personalized 60-minute mixtape that prioritizes quality over flow. Working most frequently with Jamey Jaz and Derrick Walker, both of whom have been supporting him for over 20 years, Patterson references bygone eras crossing several decades while twisting contemporary sounds, grounded as ever in gospel and soul, and throws in a couple of stylistic curveballs. The idiosyncratic set is out of time and modern at once. Patterson has the nerve to cover Luther Vandross' "Don't You Know That," and does so with a masterfully sensitive touch that exudes all the delight and affection of the original. The songs that immediately precede and follow it are so well-made that they resemble skillful updates of classics. The lusting slow jam "Break It Down," featuring Lalah Hathaway on lead synthesizer and co-writer Joi Gilliam on background vocals, slips and slides like it was built to follow Mtume's "You, Me and He." The devotional ballad "Sent from Heaven" moves back another decade, durable enough to pass as a composite of Earth, Wind & Fire and Ashford & Simpson. As much as these and other highlights recall some of the greats, the stylish falsetto-wielding tenor who made them can't be confused with anyone else. ~ Andy Kellman
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Album : 1 disk - 13 tracks Total length : 00:55:35

  1. 1 Catch Me When I Fall

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  2. 2 Wonderful Star

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  3. 3 Silly, Love, Fool

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  4. 4 Rock And Roll

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  5. 5 Break It Down

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  6. 6 Don't You Know That

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  7. 7 Sent From Heaven

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  8. 8 Wide Awake

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  9. 9 Soldier

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  10. 10 Oxford Blues

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  11. 11 Sweet Memories

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  12. 12 I Try

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

  13. 13 Heroes and Gods

    RAHSAAN PATTERSON, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp. 2019 Shanachie Ent. Corp.

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  • There's never a bad time for a new Rahsaan Patterson album, but 2019 is uniquely appropriate, as it's the singer's 35th year in the entertainment industry. Moreover, the release of Patterson's last proper LP is creeping toward its eighth anniversary, consequently his longest period of silence by far. Patterson seemed to be touring for most of the break, however, and presumably spent a good amount of time sketching and sharpening the material that makes up Heroes & Gods. Like his two most recent albums, Bleuphoria and Wines & Spirits, it communicates many emotions relating to intimacy and continually switches up sounds, like a lovingly personalized 60-minute mixtape that prioritizes quality over flow. Working most frequently with Jamey Jaz and Derrick Walker, both of whom have been supporting him for over 20 years, Patterson references bygone eras crossing several decades while twisting contemporary sounds, grounded as ever in gospel and soul, and throws in a couple of stylistic curveballs. The idiosyncratic set is out of time and modern at once. Patterson has the nerve to cover Luther Vandross' "Don't You Know That," and does so with a masterfully sensitive touch that exudes all the delight and affection of the original. The songs that immediately precede and follow it are so well-made that they resemble skillful updates of classics. The lusting slow jam "Break It Down," featuring Lalah Hathaway on lead synthesizer and co-writer Joi Gilliam on background vocals, slips and slides like it was built to follow Mtume's "You, Me and He." The devotional ballad "Sent from Heaven" moves back another decade, durable enough to pass as a composite of Earth, Wind & Fire and Ashford & Simpson. As much as these and other highlights recall some of the greats, the stylish falsetto-wielding tenor who made them can't be confused with anyone else. ~ Andy Kellman

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