September 17, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A

For his third studio CD The Way I See It, Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!, Lucy Pearl) has written and produced an inspired throwback? album that honors the rich musical heritage of soul giants like Motown, Stax, and Hot Wax. Backed by a ? galvanizing ensemble of musicians that would make the Funk Brothers proud, Saadiq belts out effervescent love songs with infectious vigor. Except for cameos from Joss Stone (”Just One Kiss”) and Jay-Z (the remix of ”Oh Girl”), this disc could easily be mistaken for some ?lost gem from the civil rights era. ?A
Download This: Listen to ”100 Yard Dash” on the musician’s MySpace page

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