Another superb album by Meshell Ndegeocello,
This review is from: The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams (Audio CD)
Meshell Ndegeocello is one of my favorite artists as she has a huge talent, being able to create such diverse music and blend many different genres with her own unique style. She has experimented with hip-hop, funk, rock, trip-hop and, more recently, jazz. Her previous 6 releases have been consistently original and always very soulful. Her latest offering "The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams" does not disappoint.
She has used quite a few of the different styles she has adopted over the years. For example, you can hear the jazz influence from her previous release "Dance Of The Infidel" in quite a few of the hooks, especially on the really great experimental tracks such as "Virgo". But more than anything, this album gives the impression that she has matured as an artist. Although each song is very unique in style, ranging from a vibrant punk rock style on "The Sloganeer: Paradise" and "Article 3" to a cool trip-hop/dance feel on "Evolution" and "Elliptical" to a sweet acoustic feel on "Shirk" and a captivating raw funk vibe on "Michelle Johnson" and "Solomon", the songs blend exceptionally well together. The album ends with "Relief: A Stripper Classic", a song with an explosive mixture of rock and funk. My personal favorites are "The Sloganeer: Paradise" and the addictive reggae influenced "Lovely Lovely" which is probably one of the best tracks she has ever composed.
For me, this album represents Meshell very well as it shows us her diversity and willingness to create different sounds and broaden her influences. This release deserves 4 stars for its originality and energy.