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Me'Shell puts her own spin on Nina Simone songs, a spin that I think would make Nina proud,
This review is from: Pour Une Ame Souveraine - A Dedication to Nina Simone (Audio CD)
I was quite excited to hear that Me'Shell NdegeOcello would be releasing a dedication to Nina Simone as I thought this would be a great way for her to appeal once again to a mainstream audience. "Pour Une Ame Souveraine" is her tenth studio album in a career spanning over 20 years and is just as high quality as any of her other projects. There is an added variety which has been somewhat missing from her last few albums and these songs are revisited in a very creative and reflective manner.
The opener "Please Don't let Me Be Misunderstood" is transformed into a suave Blues song with a cool vibe and is a good effort. "Suzanne" demonstrates some lovely rhythmic bass playing from the talented Me'Shell and the combination of the uplifting melody and her haunting vocals is what makes this song special and my favorite on here. "Real Real" is a very sweet Country and Blues influenced track featuring the gentle Gospel vocals of Toshi Reagon. One of the most surprising songs on here is the very bluesy "House Of The Rising Sun" which is the most addictive version of this song I have ever heard. "Turn Me On" is passionately sleepy and sensual in its delivery whilst "Feelin' Good" has never sounded so peaceful and mesmerising. The very laid back collaboration with Sinead O'Connor on "Don't Take All Night" adds an element of Irish Folk to this release whilst Lizz Wright's interpretation of "Nobody's Fault But Mine" brings us back to Church and the Gospel influences. "Be My Husband" is quite intriguing vocally and has an infectious quality to it. "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair" is very melancholic and direct, yet haunting and deep whilst "See Line Woman" and "Either Way I Lose" are hypnotic and addictive. "To Be Young Gifted And Black" is delivered so beautifully by Cody ChesnuTT and is a sweet Soul song. The final track "Four Women" is just magical.
Me'Shell NdegeOcello does very well on "Pour Une Ame Souveraine" as she celebrates Nina Simone's life through her music and with help from some of her equally talented friends. This dedication is very well crafted and each song is delivered with passion - a great way to remind us of Nina Simone's superb talent and repertoire through the eyes of one of our most underated singers and musicians.