It is quite tragic that Meshell and Prince have to date not worked together - this album showcases their similarities, but also just how accomplished an artist she is. For my ears and overall pleasure this CD overshadows both her earlier albums, Bitter and Cookie - it just about beats her second and stands alongside her debut, Plantation Lullabies. This is deep groove soul, laid back and classy - interesting lyrics interwoven with well crafted music of a melodic colour!
What makes Meshell standout is the unrushed manner of her music, it rolls over you and inside of you - and her bass playing is faultless. She builds groove around the basslines - and from there everything seems to feed. Her voice is sultry, but at the same time very melodic - and the licks that she comes off with lay much more comfortably alongside Maxwell/Prince than with the label owner, Madonna.
This isn't music that will ever be in the charts, thank God, it would only get corrupted - this is a real craftswoman. You'll swear that the Purple Guitarist turns up on track 7, and there are strong similarities to his opus, Sign of the Times on track 5, but so much of her work is refreshingly original, yet still evocative of many other masters of music, Marvin Gaye, Sly, Maxwell, and yet, she sounds so unique and so very very singularly Meshell. It;s weird!
As with the lyrics from the song on her first album, If that's Your Boyfriend - HE WASN'T LAST NIGHT - this has attitude with a funking bass! Love it - buy it, it should be in any good music collection!