|Raven - The Voice of Magic|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Monday, 15 May 2000|
We rarely review records that aren’t easily found in record stores, but Raven is an artist you need to get to know. In the style of the sexy diva, Raven pours her heart into each of her well-produced R&B jams, the way that you expect but don’t always hear from Whitney Houston or Tony Braxton.
"Searchin" jumps right out as a hit single as the leadoff track on The Voice of Magic. The bass is deep and groovy and the acoustic guitar spells out complicated chords that accent the track favorably. Track 3, "Should We?," provides a groove that’s more like something from D’Angelo or Maxwell. The bass sets the pace, but Raven’s lustful voice teases you into the tune. The vocal harmony overdubs are as tight as can be and the funky guitar chops are dripping with laid-back funk. Track 6, "Godsent," uses a very staccato rhythm, which is all the rage these days. The result is a modern Janet Jackson sound for this cut.
Raven is a sexy singer with excellent vocal versatility. The production is as good as anything you’ll find on the best R&B records being released today. If you dig on Maxwell, D’Angelo or Janet Jackson (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty), then you’ll be sure to love Raven’s The Voice of Magic.