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New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

3 Mar 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Universal Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. and I.G. Records, Inc
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  • Total Length: 1:02:20
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  • ASIN: B001KTRTYU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,604 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Barlow on 7 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not me, and not Erykha Badu! If you want an album of songs that are designed to be radio friendly, then go and buy Mary J Blige's lasy album (or any of them really?). EB ROCKS! Listen to her albums:

Baduizm - totally chilled, laid back grooves, spine tinging stuff
Mama's Gun - Late night funk, sexy, tripping
Worldwide Underground - Get ready to go out with this, summer day, sexy
New Amerykah Part One - Pure hip-hop, sexy, difficult, loud, slightly dangerous, controversial

I can't pick a favourite EB album, as I get more excited and more surprised with every release. This latest didn't dissapoint. After just one listen, I realised that it sounded like nothing I have ever heard before.

I admit, I am not an expert on "Hip Hop" (to me in 1989, Betty Boo on casette was Hip Hop! ;-), but as I've gotten older, I've opened my mind up to different music. If this is Hip-Hop, then I love it!

Prime example-the first single from this album isn't even listed on the track listing-it's the last track, mixed with something else at the start and end. Pure class!

EB doesn't nead to join the pack-she's not even the leader of it. She's beyond that, and this proves how far ahead she is. This music isn't written for reviews or the chart, it's been crafted for the people who understand her and want to listen to her.

Of course, this is only MY opinion. But EB - Keep doing it. You are the Queen xx
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LT Twalo on 28 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
In 200? Erykah surprised/shocked a few people with the release of `Love Of My Life' a duet with Common dedicated to hip-hop (she even raps on the video). This was a little bit unusual for the lady who had built a reputation as the neo-soul queen. Truthfully that track should not have been so surprising as the 1st single to her previous album sampled none other than Dr Dre (Xplosive from 2001). It was therefore not such a huge shock when I learned that the 1st single to her new album was produced by 9th Wonder (great video). What did shock me however was how far she takes the hip-hop influence in her album.

Most soul singers would have gone with Will.I.Am, Wyclef Jean, Kanye West or even The Neptunes (see Estelle) to create a radio ready but hip-hop sound. Ms Badu goes underground (in an attempt to channel the late great J Dilla) choosing Madlib (MF Doom), 9th Wonder (Little Brother) and chief contributors Sa-Ra Creative Partners.

The result is a disjointed effort which at first listen sounds like a mixtape styled blending of rhymes over beats. The production tends to be the dominant presence in this album when it was her voice (and skilled penmanship) that fuelled her past albums. Erykah herself also strays from her mainstay of melodies that accentuate her voice and opts for chants that are delivered in a rap like fashion, `The Cell'. As if taking a queue from collaborator Georgia Ann Muldrow she even distorts/contorts her voice to create an instrument sounds on `The Cell', `Twinkle' and `Master Teacher'.

Only in the final quarter of the album does Erykah return to the style that she is best known for. `That Hump' and `Telephone' leave you wishing that the album could continue for another 30 minutes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By steph on 28 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
WOW!! This album has had so many mixed reviews, from what i've seen online. If people understand Erykah, they will know that she is NOT your everyday kinda woman! She is a deep,sacred,virtuous, unique black woman on a WHOOOOOLE other level, and she is on her journey to even higher, spiritual, creative heights, both personally and musically, and boy am i travelling with her!! lol...
I'm loving this album!! i guess being an old soul helps (i'm 25 and LOVE 70s funk, from vicki anderson to james brown, and classic soul) and i also love Madlib's beats from the albums he has out at the moment, and the work he did with Madvillan. The man's a genius! And of course i'm a huge neo-soul fan :).. I just can't wait to listen to it some more, so i can delve into the lyrics and even more of the production! I'm loving the whole album, but especially 'me', 'soldier', 'the cell' (man what a beat!), master teacher, honey and telephone..

This is MOST DEFINITELY different from her previous albums, so i wouldn't advise anyone who hasn't listened to it yet, to listen to it with her previous work in mind! If you're a commercial head, u won't like this album or 'get' it, SIMPLE lol.. You'll only like 'honey' lol, but if you're a deep neo soul/alternative/funk lover, u will luv it!.. If you're an Erykah fan and disappointed with this album, after a few more listens i think u will begin to feel it, especially if u embrace her individuality! :)..

At the end of the day, it all depends on your personal musical tastes and also by viewing Erykah for MORE than just the music, and not to 'pigeon-hole' her music, and by capturing her essence as a person and the essence of her music, and understanding and appreciating that people grow and change...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al on 25 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had a look at the Amazon America reviews and there seems to be a lot of talk about having to 'get' this album. What's to get? It seems to me that American artists on a whole tend to play it pretty safe so I am glad to see Erykah going with her muse instead of producing yet another album of the same old stuff - which I am sure the record company would have loved. It's a strange comparison, I know, but three albums in Kate Bush ditched her 'safe' sound and produced 'The Dreaming' which still has people scratching their heads over and yet..it's strangely brilliant. The latter half of 'Twinkle' reminds me of nothing more than a real artist willing to try something regardless of what people might think. If this album has a flaw it's that she didn't go far enough off the map. I would have liked to see her go even further. Listen, you could never accuse this music of being boring! Perplexing and and sometimes wonderful.
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