Love Behind the Melody

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January 18, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Maryland’s Raheem DeVaughn doesn’t sound much like a contemporary R&B star: His second LP, Love Behind the Melody is almost devoid of oversexed squeals and strobing synths. Instead, he wraps his tenor around unusually sincere ballads like ”Friday (Shut the Club Down)” — a riff on the Temptations’ ”My Girl” — and Grammy-nominated teaser single ”Woman.” Had he been born a few decades earlier, he could have been a major pop sales force. For now, he’ll have to settle for making music that transcends today’s commercial rules. A-
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