Meshell Ndegeocello
Peace Beyond Passion


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another win for '90s neo-soul

Tasteful. That's the word that springs to mind when considering the unique blend of elements on “Peace Beyond Passion.” Another album with this many connecting pieces might feel jumbled, as if ambivalent about its own technique or message. A less familiar listener could reasonably feel this way, at least. Fortunately, such is not the case here. Jumping between quiet storm, hip-hop, funk, motown, and jazz fusion, the album maintains a strong r&b ethos throughout its runtime, tugging the heartstrings at just the right moments, and bobbing the head at others. With varied instrumentation and deliberate songwriting, Me'Shell Ndegeocello and co. crafted a masterpiece that easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its peers, but is not as well-known. Let's fix that, shall we?



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normaloctagon
November 30th 2021


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shouts to drifter for blessing me with another one

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Drifter
November 30th 2021


18520 Comments


ayyyyy definitely super slept on. glad you dug it :]

ArsMoriendi
December 1st 2021


35954 Comments


Oh yeah, I'm supposed to check this one day

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normaloctagon
December 1st 2021


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are a few moments here that i could see scaring you off ars, but as a whole i think you will adore this record if you give it a chance. Definitely thought of you when i was listening to it

fogza
December 1st 2021


4148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually remember "Who Is He and What Is He to You?", I think it even had a video.

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normaloctagon
December 1st 2021


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^proof that the '90s were real and not just a dream of mine

Trifolium
December 1st 2021


29337 Comments


OH NICE! Will certainly read and check this ASAP when I'm able to!

Trifolium
December 1st 2021


29337 Comments


(Read, because short; POSd, because worth (it))

normaloctagon
December 1st 2021


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wahoo!!

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2021


10286 Comments


tasteful soundoff lmao

for real it's cool to read lil revs like that, pos'd

normaloctagon
December 2nd 2021


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha cheers man



do try this out sometime, i think it would be up your alley, at the very least a good handful of the jams would. album sort of settles into itself about halfway through..for me at least..then repeat spins get more rewarding

TwigTW
December 4th 2021


3909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His mother would pray, "Save him. Save him. Save him from this life" ...One of my favorite funk/soul albums from the '90s. It sounds as great now as it did then.

normaloctagon
December 4th 2021


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah Twig



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