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| ||Erykah Badu New Amerykah Pt. 1 (4th World War)|
Easily the album which leans most heavily towards hip-hop in her discography, with jarring audio
fragments, bizarre interludes and themes of social desolation which all add up to create a
challenging, disturbing, avant-garde listen. Not quite the classic I was hoping for, its
disjointed and frustrating structure put it on a par with Worldwide Underground for me.
Track Picks: 'Amerykahn Promise', 'The Healer', 'Me', 'Soldier', 'The Cell', 'Twinkle', 'Master
Teacher', 'The Hump, 'Telephone', 'Honey'
| ||Luther Vandross Never Too Much|
Vandross' debut album isn't exactly the most experimental of post-disco albums, but it has all the
ingredients that make up a strong R&B release. Deep grooves and a heart wrenching, epic 7 minute
version of Dionne Warwick's 'A House Is Not A Home' make this a glitzy, conventional, yet
competent album perfect for the casual coffee bar listener. The world famous title track is the
clear stand out.
Track Picks: 'Never Too Much', 'Sugar and Spice (I Found Me A Girl)', 'Don't You Know That?',
'I've Been Working', 'She's a Super Lady', 'You Stopped Loving Me', 'A House Is Not a Home'
| ||Madonna Confessions on a Dancefloor|
Combining disco camp and heavy-hitting contemporary dance beats, Confessions is very much a
postmodern escapade right from the get go. The first track, 'Hung Up' samples ABBA, but also sends
the middle of the road Swedish outfit pulsing into the present. The album doesn't get increasingly
darker as it goes along no matter how Madonna has tried to spin her artistry in press
releases.Unless you count a guy singing in Yemenite as somehow disturbing. Proof that you need
some form of ballad or easing of the pace to really create a classic, but the near-hour of
thumping dance tracks is a joyous, if sl
| ||N.E.R.D. In Search Of|
Their sometimes abominably clunky lyrics are hard to ignore, but this re-release with live
instrumentation rather than the synthesizer- heavy sounds of the early version give this
postmodern genre mash-up a real kick. Any derogatory comments towards women are clearly laced with
ironic ridiculousness ('Now girl kiss her boobs/And you kiss her boobs too'), but I do feel
sometimes perhaps Pharrell does go a little too far. A delightfully smooth ride if you manage to
avoid much of the vocal delivery.
Track Picks: 'Lapdance', 'Things Are Getting Better', 'Tape You', 'Run To The Sun', 'Baby Do
| ||Marvin Gaye I Want You||4.5|
| ||Jamiroquai A Funk Odyssey||3.5|
| ||The Beach Boys Today!||3.5|