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MP3 Music, November 4, 2011
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On her new, Joe Henry-produced album Weather . . . Ndegeocello indulges her soulful alt-pop side, expanding on the quieter and more sensual moments of 2009's Devil's Halo. Pairing seductive, Sade-esque vocals with catchy downtempo arrangements, she crafts some seriously affecting torch songs here. Though many of the tracks on Weather convey a sweet soul jangle, they're most affecting when Ndegeocello slows the tempo to the speed of a tender first kiss.
Alternating between expressions of insecurity and brash self-assuredness, Ndegeocello is at her sinewy best here. The heartbreak evoked by 'Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear' is stunning, but the real accomplishment lies in the way the music captures the unique sensation of driving past an old lover's house and not being able to shake that feeling of longing, no matter how much time has passed.
Appropriately titled, Weather captures the complex and unpredictable emotions that accompany intimacy, desire and alienation. They're feelings as familiar and as old as time itself, but as this gorgeous, moving album makes clear, they still have the power to surprise and even terrorize. --NPR First Listen, Mario Cotto, October 30, 2011
Weather is her most consistently strong album in some time, a product of vision and discipline --The New York Times
Every musical stroke is a concise yet instinctive caress; there's no grandstanding, but plenty of sensual vulnerability... Ndegeocello sings of longing and commitment while the bonsai-scaled instrumentation offers countermelodies to the gods. --Spin Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
this is a GORGEOUS album; it's 'pop' music in the best sense of the word; great songs, great sound.
the cover image captures it well: lush, defined, dreamy; full of depth, contrast...all of those things. and the singing is near-magical.
i don't rave like this often, but the album, and the artist, deserve the praise.
Cohesive and whole.
There are flavorings of earlier albums (Bitter, in particular, but something of Peace Beyond Passion and Devil's Halo here and there), but it's no clone of anything she's done before.
It's remarkably beautiful, actually.
I admire Me'Shell's work, in all it's manifestations, but this may be her masterpiece.
I must play this album from 1 to 13, 3 times a day.
Its become a religion, and I am a devout follower.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is just a NO. To be clear, I've enjoyed other albums that many have found marginal at best (like the Simone tribute - many thought too "folky. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cindy E.
Among the best of her RECENT work... Don't bother buying her VINYL as it sounds horrible compared to the CDs and pressings are so-so. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paid in Full
This album was recommended to me. I would not have purchased and still not fully sold on it. I like maybe 3 songs. A little depressing for me.Published on September 14, 2012 by Angela T. Nelson
this woman's work makes me believe in art and artists again when my own heart is broken and makes me wonder what was this choice all about really when so few are ever really at... Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by ECL
I absolutely adore this album. One listen and I was hook and bought it without hesitation. The flow is exceptional. Definitely worth your support.
this cd is classic meshell. saw her at hiro last year. have seen her live 14 times. get this cd. she is an incredibly imaginative artist in constant change :)Published on March 16, 2012 by lizzy63