Sure Hope You Mean It

Album: The Way I See It (2008)
  • Saadiq explained on his record label's website that this song showed his deep connection to The Temptations. He explained: "The vocal has a David Ruffin 'feel': I pictured how it was when Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and the guys in the Temps were first introduced to the world. I looked at a lot of their album covers so I could immerse myself in the characters. I think of the track as vintage Motown with a Stax guitar line factored in... it's like a melting pot of the two sounds."
  • Veteran Motown percussionist Jack Ashford played on this track. Saadiq recalled to The Guardian April 24, 2009: "Jack played the bells. He was supposed to play a different line, but he did his own thing, and it was magical. When you've got a veteran in the room, you don't say anything."

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