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Pink Elephant

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2009 release from the Soul/R&B vocalist, produced by the legendary Leon Sylvers. On this exciting album, N'Dambi ingeniously distills Soul-deep inspiration into a sensual style of elegance and power, making her a fundamental new addition to the Stax legacy. She originally began her career performing back-up for Erykah Badu, but over the years has built up a fiercely loyal fan base with her previous releases Little Lost Girl Blues, Tunin' Up & Cosignin' and A Weird Kinda Wonderful.
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  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax Records
  • ASIN: B0018Q7K1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Balint B on October 13, 2009
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N'Dambi is one of the most creative and talented singers/musicians of our time. She seems to be ever-changing, still, each and every song, each note is tastefully chosen. Her songs are not ruminative, compulsive or dragging, she's flexible, brilliant, her voice raw, full of emotion. Her blue notes are incredible, the songcraft on the album is exceptional. This cd is a definite milestone in soul and blues history, you'll see that. N'Dambi doesn't do "retro", this is fresh and genuinely satisfying. The songs are no nonsense, they don't imitate others, they avoid the major label industry characteristics.
There is no song titled "Pink elephant" on it - the album as a whole is the pink elephant, that is, the thing that you try to suppress but cannot, it keeps popping up in your mind. And the music on this painfully beautiful album is just like that - you cannot get it off your mind.
And no filler, guys - that's very rare.
A cohesive effort but versatile enough to be stimulating, not a safe one, though it may easily appeal to anyone interested in all the depths of good music. Her soul and blues is organic, unusual, complex and anxious, still, the melodies are sophisticated and catchy and not awkward. No impersonation, no "let's be ultrahip" sweat, no Winehouse- or Ledisi- or Badu- complexes, this is a truly great and highly musical album.
I feel like this is the album I've been waiting for for ages.
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I'm a huge fan of N'Dambi and I hope that with this album she finally gets recognition that she deserves. N'Dambi is definitely very talented artist and this album is very soulful and sounds very refreshing when compared to the same formula songs that we keep hearing these days. For me, this is the best album I've heard this year and I'm sure I'll keep listening to it for years. There are no fillers and it's difficult to choose my favorite songs as all of them are great, but I'll try - Nobody Jones, Mind Blowing, Take It Out, Can't Hardly Wait, The World Is A Beat, Imitator. I highly recommend this album to all lovers of soul music, you won't be disappointed.
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I recently stumbled across D'Ambi on the internet on another site that features independent artists. I had NEVER heard of her, but was pleasantly surprised when I heard her sing. I immediately fell in love with her voice. Now, here I am ten days later with her new CD added to my collection.

This album is truly one of the best albums out on the market. This is a nice CD to drive to, or to cuddle up with someone special and just enjoy the music of D'Ambi. This CD is SOLID from start to finish. Her vocal delivery is superb on EACH AND EVERY song.

Here are a few of my favorites: (1) L.I.E. (great funky tune), (2) Can't Hardly Wait (captivating groove), and (3) Nobody Jones; the whole CD is slammin, but these are the songs that continuously play in my head after the CD has stopped. If you like good R&B (not the stuff on radio today by the clones), this is the CD for you. You will not be disappointed.
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I love this CD. I was first introduced to her from a friend and then I watched her Youtube videos. Then I went to the festival of lights Jazz show in Las Vegas and I saw her and then I had to have Pink Elephant. R & B music has mostly been pushed to the underground and that is why we are now not exposed to good R & B. Well, D'ambi is good
R & B music. There are so many good songs on the CD that I constantly change on what I like best. Right now, I am jamming " The world is a beat". I'm wearing it out! Just get the CD. It's great.
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This lady reminds me a lot of Betty Wright with her no-nonsense sass and vocal delivery. Some may consider Betty a second-tier diva to her contemporaries like Aretha, Chaka, and Diana; yet her music was just as influentual. Likewise with N'ambi, her music isn't flashy like Beyonce, Rihanna, or even Alicia Keys. Nevertheless, it is what its supposed to be...good soul music. L.I.E., Nobody Jones, Can't Hardly Wait and Take it Out are pure urban groove and grit. I also like the downhome Southern Soul feel of Daisy Chain... playful and satiric, but real all the same. And having the old Solar Records tandem of Leon Sylvers III and Steven Shockley handling the production was a pleasant surprise...I thought they were kicking back in their retirement chairs collecting royalties from those old Lakeside/Shalamar records! Nice. I hope she gets an opportunity to make a more records like this. The fluff and spit-shine of crossover R&B is doing mad damage the legacy of pure uncut Soul Music. Folks, please support the second and third tier Soul musicians, they are keeping our music alive. And thank you N'ambi, you've done well.
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Just imagine it's summertime: you're soaking in a fragrant bath of milk and honey, sipping languidly from a glass of chilled sweet tea as a crisp, cooling breeze plays across your skin. Sheer bliss, huh? Well, that's the myriad of sensations evoked when N'Dambi sings.

For those who are thinking "who's N'Dambi?," you've heard her voice before, if not the name. The Dallas native and daughter of Baptist ministers cultivated her smoky contralto in the pulpit and along the way in talent competitions around town. While auditioning for a play, she met and befriended future soul artist Erykah Badu. Between them, a pact was made that whoever "made it" first would employ the other, so it's her rich tones that gave extra sass and sugar to hits like "On & On," "Tyrone," and "Bag Lady," as well as her prose fueling "Hey Sugah" from Ms. Badu's sophomore studio set, Mama's Gun. Her solo efforts---1999's Little Lost Girl Blues, 2001's Tunin' Up & Cosignin' and 2005's A Weird Kinda Wonderful ---further endeared her to critics and fans alike, and with Pink Elephant, her fourth CD and first-ever for the preeminent Stax label, Ms. N'Dambi smoothes the rawer edges that abound in her previous sets, but retains the passion and potency that makes her one of today's most original and organic artists.

Colorful title aside, the themes reflected in the lyrics of the songs aren't uncommon---love, life and the struggles along the way---but the crisp production of Leon Sylvers (Shalamar, Lakeside, Gladys Knight) and her intuitive vocal prowess combine to create gem after gem. It opens with the vividly-rendered, Tina Turner-esque "L.I.E.
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