Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism
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Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. Ventriloquism, the latest album from Meshell Ndegeocello, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many. Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocellos work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. Early on in my career, I was told to make the same kind of album again and again, and when I didnt do that, I lost support. There isnt much diversity within genres, which are ghettoizing themselves, and I liked the idea of turning hits I loved into something even just a little less familiar or formulaic. It was an opportunity to pay a new kind of tribute. A final note to the listener, Meshell chose art for the album that hints at whats inside: A graphic V, a hidden M, the artwork is symbolic, sexy, and calls on the language of protest of the era these songs were mined from.
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Although I was hoping for some original tunes to follow up on the incredible "Comet Come To Me" album, I was stunned when I first played "Ventriloquism". Well worth the small price for this massive talent. Please purchase this album so she can continue to bless us with great music.
This album is playful, fun, mournful, joyful, intimate and displays her range. Pure pleasure for the listener and I found myself loving a couple of tunes I disliked when they were first released by the original artist.
Finally, as a Prince fan, I was deeply touched by her soulful, mournful interpretation of Sometimes It Snows in April. You can hear and feel Meshell Ndegeocello's deep respect and love for the Artist.
Great album of inspired covers. She made this music feel and sound fresh and original, Meshell Ndegeocello has shared her genius with us again, worth your money.