Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come To Me - 2014 Modern Funk Soul Rock 2LP

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Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come To Me

Label: Naïve
Cat#: NV831161
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 03 Jun 2014
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul


A1 Friends
A2 Tom
A3 Good Day Bad

B1 Forget My Name
B2 And Yet It Moves
B3 Comet, Come To Me
B4 Continuous Performance

C1 Shopping For Jazz
C2 Conviction
C3 Folie A Deux

D1 Choices
D2 Modern Time
D3 American Rhapsody

Bassist/vocalist/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello is one of those artists of whom I admire her musicality while occasionally questioning her creative motivations.

Especially in the case with an artist with as strong a creative vision and aestetic as Meshell? There is a slight tendency to be just a little bit too musically eclectic. Sometimes she is "alternative" simply for its own sake.

"Friends" opens the album with a fan faring,digitized electronic jazz/funk treatise on the old statement of "with friends like that,who needs enemies"-building the heart back up from a sense of deep mistrust.

"Tom" is a melodically tender gospel/soul inflected mid-tempo song with a smooth high bass line and a mild early 70's Willie Mitchell type production.

"Good Day Bad" is an acoustically oriented heartland style folk/rocker while "Forget My Name" is an slow crawling dub reggae style piece that actually strips down the usually heavily produced subgenre.

The title song combines dub with a strong funky element right out of the early 80's Compass Point studios approach-again with a strong jazzy instrumental flavor. "Continuous Performance" keeps building on a spiky sounding bass/guitar riff that builds into a rather mainstream pop/rock style chorus.

"Shopping For Jazz" comes to terms with the jazz/folk/rock fusion while "Conviction",one of my favorites here mixes reverbed bass and guitar for a very Rolling Stones approach to disco-ready funk/rock.

"Folie A Deux" discovers the blues in a similar instrumental context while the quiet "Choices",the slow Ska influence of "Modern Time and the probing psychedelia of "American Rhapsody" end the album.

While continuing to follow in Meshell's path of pursuing her own musical approach,everything she does on this album comes together and seems to work. Her emphasis on exploring new ways in which to project dub reggae is particularly interesting.

Reggae is a musical genre that can be easily limiting. Unless one is very creative in terms of being able to expand it beyond its own inherent confines-which Meshell is able. Not only that but she also takes on a number of underexplored funk/rock/jazz hybrids that were first hinted at by everyone from Joni Mitchell,The Rolling Stones and Bill Withers. And the best part of this album?

Something I've noticed that's been a bit lacking in her recent work? Is that Meshell takes the time out to rediscover her own variation on the Afro-Futurist funk/soul/jazz hybrid sound that she helped to champion when she first came out in the early/mid 1990's with Plantation Lullabies and Peace Beyond Passion.

This side of her musical personality always seemed to be a better platform from which to extend her musical talents than the sometimes morbid alternative rock variations of her post millennial music. And this album shows the possibility that the different sides of Meshell's musical face are coming together into her own coherent art.

Meshell Ndegeocello - Tom

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Meshell Ndegeocello - Conviction

Live at The Village Studios

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Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come To Me

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Naïve