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"Weather" is a soft yet beautiful album from Me'Shell NdegeOcello,
This review is from: Weather (Audio CD)
I was a little disappointed with Me'Shell NdegeOcello's last release "Devil's Halo" as I felt that it was much too short and that some of the songs were unfinished. Her ninth studio recording "Weather" is a much improved album as the compositions are very well written and arranged which is a relief as I was slightly worried that Me'Shell was starting to lose her ability to construct songs.
The title track "Weather" is a very sublte but quietly interesting Pop Rock song with peaceful vocal harmonies. "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than What They Appear" has a much darker feel to it with a sombre string and bass combination which make this song sound very unique. "Feeling For The Wall" is a beautiful soft Pop Rock ballad with those deep soothing vocals from Me'Shell. "Chance" is a much faster paced song with a catchy melody and interesting piano driven chorus. "Oysters" is a melancholic piano led ballad with such a sweet melody. "Rapid Fire" is another sombre and hypnotic creation with a fantastic rhythm and chorus. "Chelsea Hotel", a beautiful balled originally penned by Leonard Cohen, is very nicely arranged with a distinctive Blues influence. "Dirty World" is an 80's influenced Punk Rock song with punchy lyrics. "A Bitter Mule" has a very drawn out feel to it as if it were written in slow motion, which adds to its strange atmospheric appeal. "Crazy And Wild" has a certain monotony about it, but also a delicate touch and an almost classical feel in parts which makes it quite intriguing, especially towards the end of the song. "La Petite Mort" has an addictive rhythm and melody with some wonderful vocal harmonies. The best song on this release for me is "Dead End" which has a fantastic Folk Rock rhythm with a great melody and arrangements - a real feel good song. The final track "Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness" is another subtle yet effective piano led ballad with a mesmerising melody and is my second favorite song.
"Weather" contains some well received surprises and is a breathe of fresh air as it is different and original, which is what I have come to expect from Me'Shell NdegeOcello. The arrangements on this recording are very subtle and not obvious on the first listen. This album is not instantaneously likeable, but it grows on you after a few listens at which point you begin to truly appreciate its qualities. One more superb record to add to the collection!