Soul music as we know
it today seems to be very generic, blasť, not as original as years past but
that is changing thanks to the recent graduating class of soul acts such
as Jhelisa, Laurnea,
Angie Stone, Jill Scott and D'Angelo
just to name a few.
Sitting pretty atop of the class
is Erykah Badu
(who's given name is Erica Wright and was discovered by current Motown Head Kedar
Massenburg) who caused such a
immediate buzz in the industry with her debut set 'Baduism'
in '97 that all ears were listening eagerly with anticipation for the sophomore
With comparison to the great voices of our generation such as Billie
Holiday, Sarah Vaughn
Simone Erykah became a
household name and you just knew that Miss Badu would not be the next
one hit wonder
On this her 3rd album for Motown,
is a superb set that's fueled by Erykah's creative talents as a
singer, songwriter, producer and director (she makes her directorial
debut on 'Bag Lady'
the video) The set is driven by Erykah's ability to marry the
musical styles of R+B, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and
some good old fashioned soul
music with her wizard poetry in words and song. The lead off single 'Bag
is soul music at its very best with sweet harmonies and a heavy drenched
bassline a instant hit across the boards. Following suit is the sexy 10
minute long ballad 'Green
Eyes', explaining the
powers that be between two - very sensual. Up next is 'Booty
' the anademy never sounded sweeter you make your own decision on this
one and then there's the seductive 'In
love with you ' one word
description - wicked. 'Kiss
Me On My Neck ' is a
funky floor mover primed for the radio airwaves (whether it makes it
there remains to be seen.
Man ', 'Didn't you
know', 'Dear Misery ', 'AD 2000
', 'Born again' and '
All I got to give' rounds out
the set which I think for the most part will topple her debut and with
that said we will wait and see if I'm right.