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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 (16 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00006ZCFH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Intro (World Keeps Turnin') (Album Version)Erykah Badu 1:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bump It (Part 1 & 2) (Album Version)Erykah Badu 8:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Back In The Day (Album Version)Erykah Badu 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Want You (Album Version)Erykah Badu10:37Album Only
Listen  5. Woo (Album Version)Erykah Badu 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Grind (Album Version) [feat. Dead Prez]Erykah Badu 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Danger (Album Version)Erykah Badu 5:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Think Twice (Album Version)Erykah Badu 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Love Of My Life Worldwide (Album Version)Angie Stone 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Outro (World Keeps Turnin') (Album Version)Erykah Badu 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Worldwide Underground, the third studio album from nu-soul pioneer Erykah Badu, is both a marvel of jazz smooth sensuality and misguided genius. Without question, Badu was--and clearly still is--an original; her 1997 debut album Baduizm, a rich and unexpected fusion of soul, jazz and rootsy hip-hop, paved the way for Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, India Arie, Macy Gray and Alicia Keys.

However, as with her last album, Mama's Gun, it's her pioneering spirit that's actually Worldwide Underground's stumbling block. The gorgeous "I Want You" is a prime example. Starting off with the simple trick of chanted notes which mutate into a fantastically sexy groove, it's the album's woozy highlight until, inexplicably, it breaks into bizarre snarling synth riffs and jazz-fusion noodling. On the one hand it's a stroke of stripped-back brilliance; on the other it's a fragmented mess. Elsewhere the barrage of influences, ideas and production add-ons, while ensuring that things are never dull, make for confused and chaotic listening. Yet with "Bump It Up" and "Danger"'s hypnotic melodies, "Woo"'s head nodding sway and a raft of smooching soul tunes like "Think Twice" and Back in the Day (Puff)" to get lost in, she still manages to mesmerise, even when she's trying way too hard. --Dan Gennoe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "no1_christina" on 27 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love Erykah Badu. I love her music, her style and her talent. But when I heard this album I was confused. It is clear that in this album she is trying something new, and a lot of the time I wondered if she recorded it in one take- making it up as she went along.
I think the best track is number 12, which is the UK bonus track. The rest I have to say were dissapointing. The music doesn't create any atmosphere and I can't think of a mood I would be in where I wanted to listen to it. My dad actually overheard some of the strange sounds coming from my bedroom and thought I was a little weird.
If your expecting anything like her previous albums, do not buy the CD. Don't be fooled! There is no value for your money either with just 8 tracks. And most of those tracks are crammed with strange sound samples. I'm sorry Erykah.. but what happened?
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Format: Audio CD
Having heard no songs from this album but going on the basis that this lady can not only sing but can write fantastically brilliant material, I was not disappointed on the sheer class, sassyness and funkyness of this album.
Ms Badu provides a classy display of both skills amongst others on this album with 8 great tracks (excl. intro/outro). A more mature sound with cools tempos and lots of strong vocals....
Not crammed full of tracks proves not a problem since all are pure quality... My favourite is track 2..
Fan or not you will not be diappointed... 10/10
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marla_b on 5 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
Iam a massive fan of erykah badu, and all i've gotta say is that this album is just CLASS.
1- INTRO- Well this intro is heavy, nice mellow funky beats, kinda on the acid jazz tip. scat music indeed, it dropped wicked.
2-BUMP IT - sounds like how it used to be back in the days with rnb, just a class beat, the vocals on this track is amazin, spectacular.......ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TUNES (Its deep, coz theres a deeper meaning to what she sayin)
3-BACK IN THE DAYS- this tune is just soooo chilled out the lyrics are just so real and touching.
Its VERY catchy tune, trust. its self explanatory alllll the way, the vocals are soooooooooo beautiful the beats just makes u wanna feel so at ease n relaxed. MY FAVOURITE TUNE 1#
she has to release this track mos def
4-I WANT YOU - this tune is deep theres so many elements to this tune. the beat, the way she sings on here, its a long song but lemme just say i rewind this tune all the time, its a emotional tune, very deep. love it
5- WOO- she doing it again wit her hip hop flavas
wid a bit of a different touch to it. heavy track
6- THE GRIND- this tune reminds me of the kinda styles she dropped on her last 2 albums, the beat is wicked, love it.
7- DANGER- This choon is just boom. her first single off the album, good choice.
when i first heard this choon, i knew erykah was gonna do it once again, coz this tune is just sooooooo her.....
8-THINK TWICE i love the way she progresses her voice in this song, kinda like a old skool rnb track, nice n mellow once again. DEEP
9-LOVE OF MY LIFE WORLDWIDE- this tune drops propa, love it, and upbeat track, kinda makes u wanna get up and dance. scat music once again....Just soooo erykah love it and havin queen latifah and angie stone and bahamadia.....
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By acid_win VINE VOICE on 17 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well it has been a little while since Ms. Badu's sophomore "Mama's Gun" and I really enjoyed that CD. However, it appears that the innovative, inspiring, original Ms. Badu of Baduizm and Mama's Gun has gone. This is not a bad album it is just that having set such high standards on her previous two albums (three if you include the live album) then one would expect something more innovative. Sure many will buy it because it has Ms. Badu written all over it but since Mama's Gun a host of other talented female artists have come up and have taken nu-soul onto another level. Check out Lizz Fields, Kim Hill and Maya Azucena for something more inspiring.
On her previous two albums there were definitely a few tracks that you could quite easily hum along to but there isn't such a standout track on this album. Having heard her on the Roy Hargrove album on the track Poetry I was expecting a lot from her on this album. There are plenty of excellent guest artists such as Roy Hargrove, Angie Stone, Lenny Kravitz and Bahamadia but they don't do enough to put this album in the excellent category. There is a nice cover of Donald Byrd's Think Twice and I Want You (not the Marvin song) is another excellent track but these just keep the album simmering. Suffice to say if this had been Baduizm would we all be hailing her as the artist she is now? Let's hope that this is just a little hiatus in the brilliance that we have come to expect from Ms. Badu.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Erykah's Other Side 23 Sep 2003
By anikasakina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, Erykah really impressed me with this latest cd. I read something she stated "this is for high ceiling, when people were not afraid to play their music loud." I'm feeling what she putting down, and I'm would recommend this to anyone who enjoys head nodding, and simplicity. I notice there are some people who were disappointed that she didn't go deep with the lyrics, but she was showing here artsy side. She just wanted to kick a beat, set a mood with little words, and create some magic. I personally think she did an excellent job. I can't stop listening, and everytime I listen closely I discover something new in a track, and will hit repeat over and over. This is one of my fav's and it will definitely be with me on any road trip. I know some of you know what i'm talking about. A cd you can take on the road and let it ride without skipping to the next track. This is definite earcandy. Much props to Ms. Badu....
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Erykah jam session! 27 Sep 2003
By whiteshadow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1. "Intro / World keeps turnin" : a nice little vibed out beat with warm keys and Ms. Badu adlibbing.... Chill.
2. "Bump it" - Quite possibly my favorite joint on the CD. This track has an UNDENIABLY catchy hook that'll have you hummin' it after hearing it one time! It clocks in at 8 minutes or so... Groovy congas and soulful vocal fills from Erykah make this one an instant classic for Badu fans.
3. "Back in the day" - Smoothed out track with an 80's feel (Patrice Rushen / Maze, etc). Again, incredibly catchy 'bop-bop-bop-bop-bop-ba-dop' vocal fills and Mr. Lenny Kravitz on guitar! Their first collaboration, but hopefully not their last.
4. "I want you" - This is quite a unique sound for Erykah. It starts off kinda 'out there' but the track makes sense as it builds. It slowwwwwwwwws all the way down towards the end and then there's a transition into a guitar/synth solo or sorts. An odd piece yes, but I can dig it!
5. "Woo!" - What a vibe this track has! It reminds one of a lounge act vamp. For those lucky enough to see Erykah on BET 106 & Park on 9.16.03 you know that this is one of the tracks she performed. A stand out piece without a doubt. WOOOOOOOO!!
6. "The grind" - OK, this is a track that I personally would have cut. Erykah's barely present on the track. While I am a HUGE fan of Hip-Hop, I just would rather not have any MC's on Erykah albums. This is the only track on the disc that I forward through. I'll give this song a C-.
7. "Danger" - As you are well aware, this is 'the single'. PLEASE NOTE: You MUST listen to this track SEVERAL times before you get it. The song structure is brilliant, and the hook! WHOA! Another chorus that gets in your head and won't leave you alone! The block's on LOCK!
8. "Think twice" - Nice Jazzed out little ditty complete with vintage sounds, and nice 'woop-dee-woop' scatting! Funkay!
9. "Love of my life" (worldwide) - Bangin' remix featuring New Jersey's own Queen Latifah, Illadelphia's Hip-Hop Queen Bahamadia, and vocalist extraordinairess Angie Stone. This remix samples the Hip-Hop classic 'Funk You Up' by Sequence. Did you know that Angie Stone was a member of Sequence?? Aha! You learn something new everyday don't you? Anyway, they also sing the 'Ring-ding-dong' chant ala Dr. Dre's "Keep their heads ringin". Without a doubt a party rocker with that old school block party vibe. Hot piece!
10. "Outro / World keeps turnin" - See track #1.~~~~~~~~~~~
So there you have it.. My review of Erykah Badu's new CD / EP "Worldwide Underground". Without question a solid CD @ a nice price. A perfect CD with the exception of track 6. DON'T SLEEP ON IT PEOPLE! Peace----WS
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
COME ON PEOPLE!!!...It's Underground!!! 1 Oct 2003
By Neyetro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, this is an EP release so my comments will be brief as well. I had to speak on the half-a** reviews I've been reading and obviously these people a) don't get it; b) are not over the age of 25; or c) just don't understand real soul music. This CD is not for "youngins", its "grown-folks music" and not in the same vein as her previous releases such as "Mama's Gun". I was a little taken aback when seeing only 50 minutes of music but again, this is an EP and most albums 20-25 years ago were only 35-45 minutes long. This is a true R&B underground mixtape and not meant for the commercial-at-heart. If you want to hear real music, folks jamming, and 70's/80's funk and early hip-hop stylings, buy this CD. If you want the same ol booty-shaking radio gunk, get gone! I felt like I picked up one of my older cousins vinyl 33's back when I was a kid while listening to this. Track 4 is definitely the most expansive song on the CD, but don't listen to me totally, check it out fo' yo' self.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Journey into the Underground. 20 Sep 2003
By The Groove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Worldwide Underground" is an intriguing, fascinating mess of a record. Delayed for at least a year, it lacks some of the cohesion and focus of Erykah Badu's last two studio albums, particularly 2000's "Mama's Gun," an underrated classic that literally turned the whole boho soul genre upside down on its head. Badu hasn't made lightning strike again on "Worldwide Underground," but there are some solid touches that are worth a listen. The free-flowing groove of "Back in the Day," the catchy and memorable "Danger," the playful "Love of My Life (with Queen Latifah and Angie Stone)," as well as "Bump" pass along nicely and all invite repeat listens. They're all good slices of the laid back soul we've come to expect, but the EP, as a whole, is as unstructured as Badu's afro wig. And not everything holds together, especially "I Want You." That song has an interesting hook, but when stretched over 10 minutes in length, it overstays its welcome way too soon. Warts and all, I like and recommend "Worldwide Underground." Did she record another "Tyrone" or "On & On?" Nope. Did she release a flawed yet solid EP? Yes. This is one of those records that may throw you in for a loop on the first listen, but it will ultimately grow on you. Grade: B.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Magnificently Supreme! 3 Jun 2004
By J. Sealee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this CD at a friend's house one afternoon and RAN out to buy it that very same day. This is hands down my favorite CD this year. It's not often I find an album I can listen to over and over again from beginning to end. EVERY SINGLE TRACK IS HOT!
The intro draws you in with it's silky sexiness and comes to a crescendo after which Miss Erykah invites you to "Bump It" (which I advise you to do....this CD is meant to be played luxuriously loud). You then take a trip to "Back in the Day" where you are instantly seduced by a track that makes you feel like you're at a basement house party groovin' and puffin' to a Patrice "Rushinesque" rhythym. Just when you think it can't get any better, she takes you into a 10 minute rhythmically sensual journey on "I Want You". I particularly like the drum line on this...reminiscent of the Womack & Womack club hit "Baby I'm Scared of You". Very sexy. After you've climaxed you bask in the afterglow with "Woo", a fun piece that was developed after she improv'd it onstage at a concert. Next, she gets conscious with Dead Prez on "the Grind"...a funky inner-city message piece. She keeps it grimey with "Danger"...a fabulously funky track that demands to be played at full bass. She gets smoother with "Think Twice" and there is a SUPERB appearance by Roy Hargrove on this track. Next, she takes you back to the party with "Love of My Life Worldwide" with a wonderful cast of guest vocals including Queen Latifah, fellow neo-soulite Angie Stone, and Mohammadia. She then gradually fades you out of her world with the same sexy outro that she brought you in with. Truly full circle. If you are a soul flower like me...a child of the 70's & 80's you will LOVE this CD. This is GOOD MUSIC and stands out in a sea of mediocrity. Thank you Erykah for staying true to your soul roots!
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