Meshell Ndegeocello – Comet, Come to Me [Favorite Album of the Week]

You may or may not recognize the name Meshell Ndegeocello, but she is most notable for her record “Fool of Me” from her 1999 album Bitter, which gained popularity from the movie Love & Basketball as part of the soundtrack. Meshell has released several moderately successful albums over the years, both as a solo artist and a member of the group Rare Essence. She is an artist that the mainstream music listerner has never been completely aware of, but she does maintain a consistent and loyal following.

Ndegeocello (pronounced N-deh-gay-o-chel-o) new release Comet, Come to Me, is a hodgepodge of sounds with her voice as the only aligning driving force. As a listener, this album will provide you with rock, reggae, soul and jazz. Tracks worth focusing on as introduction to the album are “Forget My Name”, “Conviction” and the title track “Comet, Come to Me”.

 

 

Tracklist:

1.  Friends
2.  Tom 2
3.  Good Day Bad
4.  Forget My Name
5.  And Yet It Moves
6.  Comet, Come To Me
7.  Continuous Performance
8.  Shopping For Jazz
9.  Conviction
10. Folie A Deux
11. Choices
12. Modern Time
13. American Rhapsody

 

The variety of sounds demonstrated throughout Comet, Come to Me is great, there just seems to be something missing.

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Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour [Favorite Release of the Week]

Our favorite release of the week is Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour. Sam Smith has gained attention from his work with Disclosure‘s “Latch” and Naughty Boy‘s “La La La”. In fact Sam Smith was not signed until after his work with Disclosure blew up like it did.

Sam Smith’s album is an album full of poppy ballads, with love and unrequited love as the main themes. The sincerity of the love themes is sometimes a little questionable, but that subjective.

Songs that particularly stand out are “Money on My Mind” and “Stay With Me”. “Money on My Mind” is a very pop oriented track that promotes the message that money is not everything and that the art of music should take precedent. For “Stay With Me” we are introduced to gospel chorus and R&B vibe.

 

Rating 7/10

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