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  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002ML4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO Plantation Lullabies (1993 German 13-track CD album featuring her debut album which spawned the single If Thats Your Boyfriend [He Wasnt Last Night] complete with the fold-out picture / lyric inlay)

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Certain albums blast through and, if not exactly change everything in the long term, create a feeling that everything that went before is tremendously old hat. Although the effects of Plantation Lullabies may not have been particularly durable, the power of the former Mary Johnson's debut is undeniable, a decade-and-a-half after its release.

This was an incredibly confident, strident recording, by one of the first signings to Madonna's Maverick label. Bisexual, shaven-headed, witty, feminist and soulful, NdegéOcello creates her own universe within the 13 tracks here. Playing most of the instruments herself, she used a free-form variety of music styles and created some genuinely original music.

Largely co-produced by Scritti Politti multi-instrumentalist David Gamson, alongside Madonna cohort Andre Betts, the album feels like a complete, cohesive work. The funk-jazz-hip-hop hybrid of I'm Diggin' You (Like An Old Soul Record) celebrates the glory of R&B's past, while making something sound at once contemporary. Lead single If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night) was saucy, knowing, putting her firmly in control.

Call Me and Sweet Love take fairly conventional songs and subjects and add an extra dimension; often through NdegéOcello's raps. Unlike most spoken passages added to records in the 90s, these sound perfectly fluid and organic.

Ballad Outside Your Door has a beautiful late night feel, its rhythm box introduction referencing Sly Stone and Timmy Thomas; Picture Show captures the simple thrill of love convincingly: ''the way you eat your cereal is so cute, reading Shakespeare in our birthday suits''.

Plantation Lullabies has been credited as being the birth of neo-soul; maybe so. Its generous references to the past make it something that still sounds like the future. What Me'Shell NdegéOcello's debut certainly is is refreshing, funky and free. --Daryl Easlea

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I was recommended to buy this album by a friend from America. He described is as "an amazing mix of jazz, soul, funk and R&B - *totally* original".
He was not wrong - Me'shell Ndegeocello ("En-day-gay-o-chello") is a song writer, vocalist and bass player of prodigious talent. This is her debut album (the first of three so far) and has the most raw energy of the three. She is joined by other musicians such as Joshua Redman on saxophone and Wah Wah Watson on guitar.
For some reason, Me'shell has not yet made a big name for herself in the UK, but everybody I play this album to loves it.
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another quick review am afraid - if you like nu-soul,intelligent urban, funk, contemporary r+b then you need this :
for less than say $7 on cd this is essential. released in '93 and still utterly "now" sounding with attitude, fine musicianship , and quality tunes. more uptempo street wise funk-soul than either Erykah Badu or Jill Scott (although they're great artists in their own right of course) this just swings and moves me more.

"Plantation Lullabies" launched Me'shelle's career in fine style with mainly uptempo funk bass led strong songs , attitude and a tough veneer. later albums veered towards less tough street funk-soul but "PL" is a must. top class musicianship, great songs, grooves + attitude far ahead of much lack-lustre soul now selling millions of copies by certain uk divas..

BUY.
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I'd never heard of Meshell Ndegeocello until a friend passed me this CD about 4 years ago & asked me to give him an honest opinion.
That opinion consisted of very raw, dark, soulful & very very Black!!!
I couldn't stop listening to it.
This woman can sing so why oh why isn't she well known in the UK, maybe it's because she's so controversial.
Come on UK dig deep in your pockets, get out the plastic and buy this masterpiece.
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Brilliant debute album from MeShell NdegeoCello from 1993, worth buying it for "Step into the projects" alone. Listen to it carefully!
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