Rahsaan Patterson: Love in Stereo

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By Mike Pace

Rahsaan Patterson is no more distinguishable from the cabal of similarly sounding R&B acts that proliferate today. He sounds sort of like Stevie Wonder, sort of like a mellow Prince, sort of like something nondescript.

With that said, I can concentrate on the album’s great layout. Bathed in sepia tones, utilizing nice paper stock, and tasteful fonts, Love in Stereo is an exercise in packaging done right. Not flashy nor excessive, but classy and direct, the album’s booklet is a joy to leaf through on its on, or while listening to the actual record. The cover is a washed-out profile of Patterson, with the title embossed in the bottom right-hand corner, while the sizable booklet offers us enough interesting pictures of the artist in the studio. A hefty thank you list rounds out the nice package, with Patterson thanking his family and loved ones who made the recording possible. Each of the booklet’s pages alternate between a light tan and a chocolate brown, and this contrast gives the physical album a nostalgic yet contemporary feel. All praise must go to designer Kenny Gravillis, may he continue producing layouts as attractive as this one.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/pattersonrahsaan-love/