Livin’ on day dreams with Raphael Saadiq

I’m loving the live retro groove of Raphael Saadiq’s new album Stone Rollin’, especially the subtle electric guitar blues of “Day Dreams” and the stomping “Heart Attack,” which is streaming here:

As much as I dig it, tho, the album is missing some oomph from the rhythm section. A quick perusal of the liner notes & I think I’ve discovered why: Saadiq went all Lenny Kravitz up in this joint, playing nearly every instrument himself. Prince can get away with that, but, sadly, Saadiq can’t. If he’d imported, say, ?uestlove on drums and Pino Palladino on bass, I can only imagine how much more snap it would have.


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