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The Beauty Of Understatement,
This review is from: Weather (Audio CD)
'Weather' is a very special release in every way! Meshell Ndegeocello is an
American singer/songwriter who has been making music for a good few years
(her debut 'Plantation Lullabies' was released in 1993) but this is my
first experience of her work; something I need to attend to forthwith!
The album is a wonderfully grown-up offering; complex, sophisticated but
eminently approachable and deeply satisfying. What a spectacular voice she
has; warm, easy on the ear and with an indefinable quality which, although
melancholic in nature, quickly gets under your skin and won't let go.
There are thirteen tracks in the collection but I feel anything but unlucky
to have had the opportunity to get to know them. Listening to the lovely
song 'Oysters' achieves something simple but deeply moving in its hushed
intensity. The kind of song which makes you breathe slowly and quietly so as
not to break the sublime mood for even a moment. A song to hold and treasure.
Final song, the bluesy 'Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness', too, displays
a precious fragility which tugs the heartstrings with its unaffected honesty.
Ms Ndegeocello know how to swing too however. 'Chance' has the kind of crisp
harmonies and beats which make one want to dance outside in the rain! (The
work of Gail Ann Dorsey - another bass player and writer of prodigious and
underrated talent - came to mind for more than a moment). The elusive chord
sequences of 'Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear' dig deep into
stranger territory and her spin on Leonard Cohen's 'Chelsea Hotel' hangs in
the air like a prayer. If I were forced to choose one track to have and to
hold forever it would have to be the utterly beautiful 'Feeling For The Wall'.
It is a composition which, despite its stripped-down arrangement, is so full
of grace and restrained emotional power that it almost makes time stand still.
Beg, borrow or steal to hear it but please, please do hear it!
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2012 20:28:58 GMT
I think you will find her debut release under Maverick entitled Plantation Lullabies, not Plantation Memories!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 19:13:43 GMT
The Wolf says:
Thanks for the correction.
You are absolutely right!
I will amend the error forthwith.
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