Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Ventriloquism (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 268 MB
Label: Naïve – M6701 | Tracks: 11 | Time: 53:29 min
Soul, Funk, Jazz
Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocello's work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. Ndegeocello filters "Tender Love" through a folky, Californian filter and brings Vaudevillian accents to "Sensitivity". She recreates Smooth Operator in five, and turns "Private Dancer" into a sultry waltz. The reimagining affords not just a new musical experience but also a comment on the narrow expectations of sounds and structures for black artists and black music.