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The Love & War MasterPeace
Studio album by Raheem DeVaughn
Released March 2, 2010
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre R&B, neo soul
Length 66:47
Label Jive, Zomba
Producer Raheem DeVaughn (exec.), Kenny Dope, Lil' Ronnie, Ne-Yo, Stereotypes
Raheem DeVaughn chronology
Love Behind the Melody
(2008)
The Love & War MasterPeace
(2010)
Singles from The Love & War MasterPeace
  1. "Bulletproof"
    Released: September 22, 2009
  2. "I Don't Care"
    Released: January 25, 2010

The Love & War MasterPeace is the third studio album by American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter Raheem DeVaughn, released March 2, 2010 on Jive Records. The album was also released as a deluxe edition with an additional disc of bonus material. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2008 to 2009 and production was handled primarily by Kenny Dope. The album debuted at number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 45,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, The Love & War MasterPeace received generally positive reviews from most music critics.

Contents

Background

Production for the album was handled primarily by Kenny Dope, with contributions from producers Ne-Yo, Stereotypes, and Lil' Ronnie.[1] In a press release, DeVaughn explained his naming the album, stating "I named the album The Love & War MasterPeace because I feel that where I am as a person and where we are as a people, we are all trying to master that internal peace and happiness in a very strange time."[1] In an interview for Vibe, he described the album as "half socially conscious, half love".[2]

Singles

The first single for the album, "Bulletproof", was released on September 22, 2009, and features rapper Ludacris. "Lyin To Myself" was released promotionaly on December 1, 2009. Prefixmag reviewed the song praising Raheem for his "lyrics, voice and style."[3] "I Don't Care" was released as the album's second single on January 25, 2010.[1]

Reception

 Professional ratings
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The Washington Post (favorable)[5]

The album debuted at number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 45,000 copies in its first week.[6]

Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics. Billboard writer Gail Mitchell praised the album's themes and music, writing "Drawing from a palette rich in R&B, hip-hop and jazz, DeVaughn has crafted a powerful, thought-provoking album".[7] About.com's Mark Edward Nero gave it 4 out of 5 stars and commended DeVaughn for his ambition, calling it "an ambitious soul album straddling the line between politics and entertainment".[8] Giving it 4½ out of 5 stars, Allmusic writer Andy Kellman cited The Love & War MasterPeace as "one of the most grippingly conscious major-label R&B albums of the last 30 years", viewing its love-themed songs as "imaginative and excellent" and praising its socially-conscious material.[4] The Washington Post's Sarah Godfrey called it "a masterpiece" and compared DeVaughn to soul musician Marvin Gaye, writing "like Gaye, he can deliver songs for both babymaking and movement-building".[5] Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe praised DeVaughn's vocals and called the album a "smartly executed set".[9] Detroit Free Press writer Brian McCollum gave the album 3 out of 4 stars and wrote that it "dances a careful line between oldfangled soul and commercial R&B".[10] Despite viewing its thematic concept as flawed, Washington City Paper writer Ben Westhoff praised its "wild ambition" and musical quality, stating "it instead works in the realm of the lush, the dark, and the dramatic, striving for a chiseled-in-granite sound. There’s not a note out of place here; the music is at times sweeping and blustery, at other times cautious and foreboding".[11] The Philadelphia Inquirer's A.D. Amorosi gave the album 3 out of 4 stars and viewed its skits by Dr. Cornel West as "confident and paternal", while writing that the album "finds DeVaughn embracing his political side with a sociocultural vision that's subtle, sharp, and never loses track of its contagious songcraft".[12]

Track listing

  1. Dr. Cornell West Intro
  2. Bulletproof (feat. Ludacris)
  3. The Greatness (feat. Wale)
  4. I Don't Care
  5. Black & Blue
  6. Mr. Right
  7. Dr. Cornell West Interlude
  8. Fragile (feat. Malik Yusef)
  9. My Wife
  10. B.O.B.
  11. Bedroom
  12. Microphone
  13. Garden Of Love
  14. Dr. Cornell West P.S.A.
  15. Nobody Wins A War (feat. Jill Scott, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Algebra, Chrisette Michele, Shelby Johnson, Ledisi, Citizen Cope, Dwele, Chico DeBarge & Rudy Currence)
  16. Revelations 2010 (feat. Damian Marley)
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
  1. Dr. Cornel West (Intro)
  2. Wing & a Prayer (feat. Bun B)
  3. Dr. Cornel West (Interlude)
  4. Super Hero
  5. Soldier Story
  6. Dr. Cornel West (P.S.A.)
  7. Hopeless Romantic
  8. Lose Control (feat. Phil Adé)
  9. Calling Me
  10. XOXO
  11. Dr. Cornel West (Outro)
  12. Toes Curl (ITunes pre-order only)

Personnel

Credits for The Love & War MasterPeace adapted from Allmusic.[13]

  • Raheem DeVaughn – executive producer
  • DJ Wayne Williams – A&R
  • Jeff Fenster – A&R
  • Larry "Rock" Campbell – A&R
  • Joyal McNeil – make-up
  • Jackie Murphy – art direction
  • Richie Owings – prop stylist
  • Herb Powers – mastering
  • Tennyson Richards – groomer
  • Brea Stinson – stylist
  • Randee St. Nicholas – photography
  • Denise Trotman – art direction, design
  • Jerry Vines – executive producer, management

References

  1. ^ a b c Columnist. Singer/Songwriter Raheem DeVaughn Returns With New Album 'The Love and War Masterpeace' On March 2nd. PR Newswire. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  2. ^ Wete, Brad. Raheem DeVaughn: 'MasterPeace' Is 'On The Last Poets Vibe'. Vibe. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  3. ^ Martin, Andrew. Review: Lyin To Myself,prefixmag.com, December 1, 2009
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  5. ^ a b Godfrey, Sarah. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  6. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. Lady Antebellum Returns to the Top of the Charts. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-03-10.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Gail. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.
  8. ^ Nero, Mark Edward. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. About.com. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  9. ^ Capobianco, Ken. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  10. ^ McCollum, Brian. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. Detroit Free Press. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  11. ^ Westhoff, Ben. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. Washington City Paper. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
  12. ^ Amorosi, A.D. Review: The Love & War MasterPeace. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved on 2010-03-07.
  13. ^ Credits: The Love & War MasterPeace. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.

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