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Erykah Badu Audio CD
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She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie

Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter ... Read more in Amazon's Erykah Badu Store

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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B00156QLJC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to get me into Soul music. 31 July 2004
By Joel
Format:Audio CD
When I bought Baduizm, it was the first time I'd really ventured out of the kind of music that my friends had influenced me into listening to. I read an article about her in Hip-Hop Soul, and thanks to a bit of spare money I impulsively decided to buy her album. I wasn't totally sure what to expect, I'd just heard a lot of positive things about her.
And I was not disappointed. There's something quite magical about Erykah Badu. Her voice alone is enough to soothe the soul, her songs create a feeling of total laid back relaxation. Personal faourites are the blissful, mellow tones of On & On, the strangely uplifting and inspiring Appletree and Certainly, which is a great song to listen to when you've been turned down by a member of the opposite sex and need a little clarity as to why they might have turned you down - you'll see what I mean when your there.
Anyway, Baduizm was enough to turn a regular kid into an open-minded music fan - I'm currently saving up for Who is Jill Scott? and Worldwide Underground so I can explore this music more. Sensational album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-affirming soul classic 29 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
So much passes for soul music that isn't.

"Baduizm" slipped out onto the scene in 1997 as a debut that contained classy soul-jazz, perfectly delivered.

From the stunning single "on and on" to the ice-cold "certainly" to the charming "four leaf clover" this is a self-assured classic debut, comparable with soul standard classics.

Subtle yet compelling, this album has yet to be matched by any of her contemporaries and even by Ms. Badu herself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A meditative slide through the colours of love 28 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Badu's voice is indictive of seeping treacle. It can evoke the most intimate memories while still retaining an unmistakeable individuality. Baduizm holds many gems of vocal expression, such as "four leaf clover" and "other side of the game" and contrasts them with philosophical anecdotes like, "on & on". Badu takes her listeners through a journey rife with ambiguity. The issues of love, money, morals, ambition and loyalty are all expressed with diverging origionality and varying styles of soul and blues. The listener is left soothed, yet awakened by her talents of rhythm and philosophy that are inextricably combined. A beautiful way to deal with the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars immense for those chilled occasions 26 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album was one of my first tastes of a new genre of music.

I cant recommend this enough, very deep insightful. The tunes kinda flow togther and they are masterfully crafted.

I personaly love to stick this on late at night after a hards days work, get some candles on, turn off the lights and maybe a crafty smoke chill and chat to friends or that special person.

The more you listen the more it grows on you. Its uniqueness is part of its charm and i couldnt imagine anyone not rating this as immense.

Enjoy listneing if you purchase it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, funky cd with a unique sound 15 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great, funky cd. Somewhere between jazz and rhythm and blues it has an incredible beat and Erykah's voice is completely unique. It is something between Lauryn Hill, Janet Jackson, and Desiree all rolled into one. Unfortunately, Erykah hasn't come out with anything new for such a long time! If you like the funkier kind of sound, this cd is definitely for you. I particularly like "Next Lifetime" and "4 Leaf Clover". Erykah sings about some real life messages, which is also refreshing to hear. This is certainly a cd worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful voice 6 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first thing that hits you when you hear Baduizm is Erykah's amazing voice - it's so effortless. However, the songs are very good too.
The first proper song is On and On and what a song it is. One of the highlights of the album, for me anyway, is Afro (Freestyle Skit) and it showcases her voice perfectly. There's also the cracking Certainly and No Love.
Buy this album and if you want mor of the same stuff, you shoud ttry Jill Scott's excellent album, as bith are very similair and both are excellent
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that transcends time 22 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first time I experienced this album was at a barbeque some years back. The perfect setting for the hypnotic vibes to emanate. Worked on me anyway, as I bought the album not long after (album no. 2 of my collection at the time). That collection stands at nigh-on 400 right now, and Baduizm is still on rotation. Her voice is intoxicating, and the instrumentation attention-grabbing. This album is a neo-soul classic. Claims of Jill Scott being Ms Badu's successor are understandable, but not necessarily true. Scott brings an earthiness to the game, but lacks Badu's dulcet finesse. Favourites would have to be Appletree, Otherside, Drama, and of course, On & On. Buy the album, then buy Baduizm live to take your appreciation of this album to a whole other level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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When I first heard this album, I thought it was annoying. Now having heard it about 100 times, I absolutely love it. It's funky and cool. I can't describe it as a mixture of artists because it's unique. Give it time and it will grow on you. This album should be recognised by many people as a brilliant work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 16 days ago by MISS N T PILISO
5.0 out of 5 stars Baduizm
Very fast delivery. Great album for the music lovers of the world, would highly recommend. Definitely needs to be in any music collection
Published 3 months ago by Gman1973
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to get into R&B
I admit I've never really listened to R&B before, but I had enjoyed snippets of the genre when I had heard it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Auto
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived without the original album cover.
Great album! Love having the vinyl version in my collection.
Just a shame that the one I received from Amazon has just a plain black cover. Not the original one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sara Mota
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
Even though this album is a few yrs old, its still a good sound for today.
Really enjoy the vibe a couple of tracks are not for me but on the whole well worth buying.
Published 11 months ago by tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all serious music fans.
Baddu is to soul, funk, jazz music what Kate Bush is to rock'pop music.
Totally individual pushing the boundaries redefining the musical landscape. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening
Good Album some excellent tracks. Erykah has an out of the world voice and a great empowerment message to tell you about I am sure you will like it.
Published 16 months ago by Shade Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Baduizm
First time I have listened to Erykah and the music is growing on me more and more. Great for working to.
Published 18 months ago by Maggie J
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This CD was my first and favourite. It's cool, funky, groovy, and chillafied all in one. I love how different she is to other artists. so original.
Published 19 months ago by e s edwin
5.0 out of 5 stars music to enjoy
We took a bit of a gamble with this as shewas one of the suggested artists when we bought something else - it worked out very well - she's a great singer
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