Raphael Saadiq: Good Man

Posted March 8, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0

The second single from Stone Rollin’ gets a morally-injected concept video

Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’ is already rollin’ out the singles. Even with very little to no substantial radio play, Raphael Saadiq is still getting the buzz he wants. And he’s still living on the high of performing with Mick “Rolling Stone” Jagger at the Grammys.

“Good Man” is a smooth Sharon Jones-type of a R&B number. There’s intensity, there’s bluesy attributes and Isaac Hayes strings and there’s some self-evaluation. The video is shot using the Sharon Jones work ethic (see “Game Gets Old” video). Saadiq – the narrator – tells the story of a tired homemaker who’s living off the royalties of her husband’s dead-end job. She’s had enough and decides to rewrite the rules. Parade towards the end of the clip and she rebounds from her bad choices and wounds up getting a job to support her self. But the “Good Man” comes back to do the honorable thing to his ex. The story is brilliant, even if it’s cold and obscenely blunt on the edges. And Saadiq’s a master poet when reciting the nostalgic stuff. 



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J Matthew Cobb

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