New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) Uni­ver­sal Mo­town

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

It’s been more than a decade since Erykah Badu re­leased her stonecold clas­sic de­but, Baduizm, and in­flu­enced a slew of new soul sis­ters in the process. Badu her­self re­alised that a game plan based on mys­ti­cal con­scious­ness and hor­i­zon­tal jazzy moods would not do for her, and in­stead fol­lowed her own highly sin­gu­lar star, re­leas­ing two al­bums which were as far from the lush­ness of her de­but as you could get. What’s in­ter­est­ing about New Amerykah Part One is that ev­ery­one else has prob­a­bly caught up with Badu. The album’s mix of slick soul, boom­ing space funk, psy­che­delic rum­bles, trippy jazz and stoned splen­dour will re­mind you of Funkadelic, Prince and Ste­vie Won­der at their most flam­boy­ant. But those lyri­cal flights of fancy which dom­i­nate the album could only come from a Nu­bian queen­pin now to­tally clued-in as to what she can do with that mes­meris­ing voice of hers. www.badu­

Down­load tracks: The Healer, Twin­kle

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