To me it was probably the greatest album NEVER heard. Purely as a vocalist I regard him as one of the best. His transitions from his lower bass tones to his butter falsetto seem effortless. As a lyricist he touched me to the core of my soul. Charade, Pride, Zoe's World, Evil, The One To Destroy Me... gosh, the whole album!! It's as good as reading classic poetry. Rachid IS a poet. Charade, Prodigal Pete and And The Angel Comes remain some of my favourite lyrics ever penned.His music cannot be categorized. They would have to create a whole new section in a record store for him. Soul/Rock/Funk/Jazz/ World/Drum&Bass/Dance/Pop/Gospel/Arab/Ambience/Classical Indian... His style is unique... eccentric, fresh, some might even say insane.. This man is totally out of the box. He is what the music world needs today more than ever..
And today Rachid becomes Rasalus. World get ready to hear this "Lion's Roar"... He returns on myspace with two awesome tracks.. (http://www.myspace.com/rachidisrasalus),'Last Call' is funky, fresh and edgy.. and 'Forgive and Forget' is a beautifully penned and translated ballad. Rasalus, sometimes we feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But trust me, the ocean would be less because of your missing drop. Don't leave us again... the world needs your music.
We anticipate your return.
One of The BEST CDs you will probably NEVER Hear
musiqfiend | Southfield, MI United States | 12/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Disc is so good that my brother and I were actually ANGRY that so many people slept on it. "And The Angel Comes" is probably the best male vocal done in the last 5 years. Unfortunately R&B and POP Radio are not about artistry these days. Therfore artist like Rachid, Sandra St Victor, Meshell NdegeOcello and Amel Larrieux are more than likely never heard on your favorite radio stations "Afternoon Drive Home" show. I can't say it enough, if you like great artist, I mean a singer and songwriter that is truly ahead of the curve, pick up this CD."
Moody and soulful, I've been listening to it over and over..
musiqfiend | 07/27/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first song "Charade" is a pointed commentary on the false selves we present to the world rather than trusting that who we really are will be liked and accepted. It hooked me right away. Rachid's music is interesting and intense, and his voice is sensual and filled with emotion. I loved the mixtures of sounds and beats on this CD. His music makes you feel connected to him as you enjoy its rhythms."
Delancy Street Books | New York, NY United States | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rachid, where are you? Why haven't we heard more from you? I wish I had congratulated you on your excellent work when I saw you at the movie theater several years ago! This CD is excellent in every way and surely it must be indicative of some behind-the-scenes beef that the CD and the artist weren't given more attention. This guy is truly gifted and I can hardly believe that he wrote and arranged all of these songs as I look at his baby face on the cover. Many of the tracks resonated with me, but Prodigal Pete had me crying before I even realized it. The CD is SO honest and SO real and there seems to be no showbiz hocus pocus whatsoever (an industry first, perhaps). That it is being sold here for $.01 is an injustice in terms of the way that music and artistry are valued; the good news is that smart music lovers can get an incredible addition to their CD collections at a bargain basement price!"
A great sleeper album
A. Bryan | Brooklyn, New York, United States | 06/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like the other reviewers, it is unimaginable to me how this album got so little attention. Rachid deftly moves between a number of styles to create a truly unique sound. One of my favorites."