Review – Erykah Badu

ERYKAH BADU

NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO (RETURN OF THE ANKH)

UNIVERSAL MOTOWN

4/5

Stripping naked while walking through Dealey Plaza in Dallas (the site of JFK’s assassination) – and mimicking a shooting, no less – well, that was guaranteed to push a few buttons. And if you’ve seen Erykah Badu’s video for her new single, “Window Seat”, you might assume she’s in a confrontational mood. Certainly, her lauded 2008 disc, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) found her playing with a tense funk sound that mirrored the anxiety of post 9/11 America. But this time around, Badu is singing about love and the emphasis is on big, warm grooves that flirt with classic soul, modern hip-hop beats and jazzy experimentation. There are some pretty fantastic songs here, melding dynamic live instrumentation and sampled elements – filtered through Badu’s unique point of view. It seems the “analog girl in a digital world” has bridged the gap again.


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6 thoughts on “Review – Erykah Badu

    • Cool, I’ll be curious to know what you think of it! After reviewing this one, I was totally in the mood to revisit New Amerykah Part 1. Did you listen to that one when it came out? If not, I highly recommend it. (“The Cell” kicks major ass!)

  1. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing now! Heard “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)” the other day, and Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner throws down some tastey shit on that track! He is fast becoming my new favorite playa….Badu’s always known how to pick ’em (Palladino,
    ?uestlove, etc.).

    Must check out the rest.

    P.S – Cute booty in “Window Seat”

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