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Mama's Gun (UK Edition With Bonus Track)

Mama's Gun (UK Edition With Bonus Track)

1 Jan 2000
4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2000
  • Release Date: 11 Mar. 2001
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: ℗© 2000 Motown Record Company L.P.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:50
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  • ASIN: B001KWPP5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,873 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Fantastic album, I am so glad my Daughter got me into Erykah Badu with her first album, Baduizm. Mamas Gun is diferant but still of a high standard you would expect from Miss Badu. I would recomend Mamas Gun.
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this was for my wife.. but I really liked it
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Erykah Badu where too begin is without a doubt one of the most innovative singers of our generation, vocally she's compared to Billie Holiday with the passion and consciousness of Meshell NdegeOcello she manages to keep her own organic style of artistry.
"Mama's Gun" was released in 2000 around about the same time she split from her boyfriend one half of Outkast Andre 3000 (Ms. Jackson is about her).Filled with metaphores and ineuendo i think you can get the picture that Badu was a very vulnerable person at the time of putting this in production.
It start's off with the Sly Stone influence funk of "Penetentiary Philosophy" which is an ode to all the 'brothas' in prison then the confused "Didn't Cha Know" where we see Badu not knowing where she is or where she's going a very good song to listen to if your at this point in you life "didnt cha know/didnt cha know/now you never know where the cards may lay".
Other songs worth mentioning are "Cleva" where Erykah give a freestyle-like performance saying that even though she might not be perfect and have her flaws her mind and creativity is flawless. "Orange Moon" is probably one of the sexiest songs shes ever sung a very introvertive song and stands as a favourite of mine a song about how her and her man compliment each other and made her a better person for knowing him.
"In Love With You" is a song i think alot of people can relate to if they've ever been in a situation like this even though people say the person you with aint know good you go against it and go with your instincts a fantastic duet with Stephen Marley really go together as both artist having that bold raspyness in their voice.
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THE FINEST CHILLED SOUL, So many amazing tracks on this album and as you may have seen other reviews by me in this genre i would also go for Angie Stone and Jill Scott. This is probably my favourite album in this chilled soul style as there are back to back deeply melodic soul driven music at it's finest on here. it doesnt get any better!
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This album is what it's all about. One of the finest I have heard for a few years. This is one of those CD's you will find timeless. Tracks 10 and 14 are the highlight but all are equally innovative and mellow. If you don't like it the first time the second and third will have you reaching for the repeat button. Spectacular and worth the wait.
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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.
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I cannot bear to listen to this album being slagged off any more! The whole album is worth paying for, and listening to, for 'Orange Moon' alone. As regards the rest of it, it's not as immeadiately gratifying as 'Baduiszm', but repeated listenings really reveal the subtle power of 'A.D 2001','Cleva', 'Bag Lady' and 'Green Eyes', Badu's most sophisticated song to date. And 'Penitentiary Philsophy' is an excellent, intense, song that is amazing, in comparison to a Jill Scott, Macy Gray or even Kelis track. So buy and adore this album, just make sure you've heard 'Baduiszm' first.
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