Thursday, 24 December 2009

Noughties #85: Erykah Badu "New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War" (Universal, 2008)

Erykah Badu is a rare treasure. An R&B singer/songwriter, beautiful, intelligent, self-assured and in control. There was a five year break between this album and her previous and it was worth the wait. It is dripping with ideas and innovation that are steeped in jazz, soul and hip-hop - the archetypal standards are crisp and delivered with confidence. It is also a political record, in a way that is both retro and progressive.

Highlights: badu - the healer badu - me badu - the cell

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