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Pour une ame souveraine (For a sovereign soul) - A dedication to Nina Simone

Meshell NdegeocelloAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered - unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and ... Read more in Amazon's Meshell Ndegeocello Store

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0097DPTOS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. Suzanne
3. Real Real (feat. Toshi Reagon)
4. House Of The Rising Sun (feat. Toshi Reagon)
5. Turn Me On
6. Feelin' Good
7. Don't Take All Night (feat.Sinead O'Connor)
8. Nobody's Fault But Mine (feat. Lizz Wright)
9. Be My Husband (feat. Valerie June)
10. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair (feat. V
11. See Line Woman (feat. Tracy Wannomae)
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black (feat. Cody Chesnutt
14. Four Women

Editorial Reviews

After the release of 'Weather', Meshell Ndegeocello releases her 10th album, 'Pour une ame souveraine' (For a sovereign soul). After a career of more than 20 years, Meshell Ndegeocello, the American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist and vocalist and her musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys), and Deantoni Parks (drums) recorded a tribute to Nina Simone and play some of the tracks made famous by the icon of black music. Meshell also invited a few guests to take part of this dedication to Nina Simone, such as Sinead O'Conner, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sovereign Soul October 9, 2012
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After exploring Funk, Alternative Rock, and Hip Hop on previous albums, Meshell Ndegeocello grabs a bunch of friends (Sinead O'Connor and Liz Wright among them) to pay tribute to kindred spirit, the high priestess of soul Nina Simone on album number 10. She more often reinterprets, rather than remakes these classics, which is fine by me as much like Simone, she treads her own path.

The album is a laid-back Soul/Blues/Folk affair with Meshell giving a soft vocal delivery on the songs which she leads on. "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is guitar-driven Soul with a haunting mellotron snaking in the background like gently waving drapes. "House Of The Rising Sun" features Toshi Reagon and is a spirited affair. "Feelin' Good" is given a quivery contemplative treatment.

"Nobody's Fault But Mine" is a lovely acoustic ballad with Liz Wright on vocals. Highlight has got the be the quivery Blues treatment of "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair" with Valerie June. Enchanting! "See Line Woman" is given an almost Afrobeat reinvention and features Tracy Wannomae. "Either Way I Lose" is trippy Blues, "To Be Young, Gifted And Black" features Cody ChesnuTT giving a stirring soulful performance to the stripped soundscape. Closing is the ominous and groovy "Four Women" which sounds like what I imagine a mashup of Radiohead and Sade would. Another masterpiece!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius October 15, 2012
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I'm a huge Me'Shell NdgeOcello fan and, after all these years, she has yet to put out an album that doesn't completely surprised me. I may not like the album, but I respect her for trying something new. However, for Pour une ame souveraine I absolutely love it AND her for tackling an artist like Nina Simone and doing it in a way that is original -- but not disrespectful.

I highly recommend getting this album -- you'll find these covers to be unique, yet....very Nina.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love this! January 20, 2013
Format:Audio CD
and the fact that she was able to record this in two days tells you what a genius Meshell is. You have to own this interpretation of Nina Simone's recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pour une ame souveraine October 3, 2013
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Excellent music that transports the mind to Nina Simone and greets the listener with a fresh wave of today! I will purchase more music by this artist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soul goddess soothes March 20, 2013
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soulful tunes. liquid mood. dreamy sounds.
stirring.
beautiful music. love!
relax into it.
Meshell reigns supremely.
Meshell Ndegeocello is truly a unique artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meshell Does It Again! December 21, 2012
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If you are a fan of Meshell and Nina, you are in for a treat. Meshell still has her subtle funky soul going on but she is definitely channeling Nina's earthiness. "For A Sovereign Soul" is the perfect title for this cd and the featured artist only add to the richness. However, the cd doesn't match the live performance. So, if you get a chance, check out Meshell on tour. Her musicians performing with her during her tour of this cd are pretty darn awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album December 10, 2012
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Terrific album, full of thought and feeling, marries both the legendary Nina Simone with the distinctiveness of Ndegeocello's music style. Every track is of interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joao Brazil June 19, 2014
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Disc meet the expectations for the indication I got.
Several musics that I heard with other musicians were recorded with a very original arrangment
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Moving, artful renditions of classic songs memorably performed by Nina Simone. Meshell Ndegeocello again demonstrates her stunning artistry, personal integrity, and class.
Published 24 days ago by A Discerning Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs!
I really love this album. To bad it doesn't get any air play on radio stations. Meshell is a great artist.
Published 9 months ago by Piper 0212
3.0 out of 5 stars Nina Simone
How you gonna make an album dedicated to Nina? Unless you sing opera or something completely different from Nina. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James Bays
4.0 out of 5 stars good variety
I am not sure what I expected, I guess more Nina Simone. Most of these songs are reinterpretations, and I get that... but mostly unrecognizable versions of her work. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BizzyMom
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Slow
I Love Michelle, but I realized my first love is Dance music. These songs are lovely, but too slow and sedate, so I find I don't really listen to them as much as my other music. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Juana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tribute
Can't go wrong with Meshell, great artist love her work, a wonder tribute to a musical treasure Nina Simone. I listen to this to relax
Published 15 months ago by J's Bag
3.0 out of 5 stars I like her music
I played the CD, but can't say that I like all the song, I have othr CD's by her that I like better
Published 16 months ago by music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo
My girl always out does herself, please hurry back to the states, we need another concert.
I saw that she's touring in Paris.
Published 16 months ago by Monica L. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nina Simone of the next generation
Great songs; seductive, sensual voice.. This album is an enriching experience, even heard over and over again. Highly recommended, I promise!
Published 16 months ago by Marmoura
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Tribute
What a voice, and what a perfect marriage of that voice and great, classic material. Just timeless, and a great addition to any collection of distinctive song stylists.
Published 16 months ago by David Whittaker
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