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a perfect chill-out album
on 8 December 2004
Huh. Apparently I am a minority in my opinions when it comes to comparing Baduizm and Mama's Gun. Personally, I found Baduizm uneven, confusing and heavy (no, not in the sense of 'heavy rock'), whereas Mama's Gun was - to me - a perfect entity. The flow of the album as a whole was generally just so much better than in Baduizm. But, that's my opinion.
The album starts off with a funky kick. Penitentiary Philosophy surely is an interesting beginning; you're led in with whispers that lull you into the belief that this is going to be something calm, and then you're hit in the face with a two-by-four. In a nice way, that is. It's like a burst of energy that certainly will get your attention.
From there, the album moves to calmer, more swaying moods, but doesn't lose its grasp. Mind you, though, the first half of the album isn't necessarely the best of the best - songs from Didn't Cha Know to And On kind of blend in together a bit too much, even though the songs' lyrics are intriguing - but once you get to Hey Sugah and Booty... Yum.
Booty is definitely one of the gems in the album. Its mellow yet funky tone sends your hips swaying, the catchy tune humming along, and the witty and funny lyrics just enjoying the experience that much more. And it gets even better with the smooth transition to Kiss Me On My Neck, which continues with surprisingly fresh moods. Kiss Me On My Neck is full of joy and desire of life, both its tune and lyrics.
AD 2000 is my favourite song on the album. It's simple yet complicated, calm yet intense, a smooth, beautiful piece as a whole. The wicked use of stereo voice makes it even more interesting.
Orange Moon is somewhat classical jazz, smooth and dusky, taking you to a place somewhere on the hazy edge of dreaming. In In Love With You we're introduced to reggae-ish themes, and then brought back to the more soulful, funky tunes in Bag Lady and Time's A Wastin', both of which are delightfully comforting and loving in their lyrics. As a piece of story telling, Green Eyes is truly a masterpiece. It's a song that consists of three "stories" that are blended in together cleverly, each of the stories holding its own while being naturally tied up with the others as the song slowly builds up towards the end.
Overall, Mama's Gun is an album that makes you smile, relax, and think. The life philosophy that Badu portraits in her lyrics may not be something unheard of, but still leaves you pondering, and the humour and the story telling are truly something to enjoy. Mama's Gun is the CD I always turn on when I want to find that easy peaceful feeling.