Baduizm

Baduizm

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by Erykah Badu
     
 

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Singer/songwriter Erykah Badu's Grammy-winning breakthrough 1997 debut, Baduizm, interrupted the monotonous sound of contemporary R&B with gentle lyrics and aching vocals layered over a bass heavy fusion of hip-hop and jazz grooves. Badu's sound was dubbed "retro soul" because her melancholy vocals drew comparisons to Billie Holiday<

Overview

Singer/songwriter Erykah Badu's Grammy-winning breakthrough 1997 debut, Baduizm, interrupted the monotonous sound of contemporary R&B with gentle lyrics and aching vocals layered over a bass heavy fusion of hip-hop and jazz grooves. Badu's sound was dubbed "retro soul" because her melancholy vocals drew comparisons to Billie Holiday but the deep, witty and often sassy lyrics of chart-topping singles such as "On & On," "The Other Side of the Game" and "Next Lifetime," clearly reflected a '90s feminist sensibility.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Two years after D'Angelo brought the organic sound and emotional passion of R&B to the hip-hop world with 1995's Brown Sugar, Erykah Badu's debut performed a similar feat. While D'Angelo looked back to the peak of smooth '70s soul, though, Badu sang with a grit and bluesiness reminiscent of her heroes, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. "On & On" and "Appletree," the first two songs on Baduizm, illustrated her talent at singing soul with the qualities of jazz. With a nimble, melodic voice owing little to R&B from the past 30 years, she phrased at odds with the beat and often took chances with her notes. Like many in the contemporary rap world, though, she also had considerable talents at taking on different personas; "Otherside of the Game" is a poetic lament from a soon-to-be single mother who just can't forget the father of her child. Erykah Badu's revolution in sound -- heavier hip-hop beats over organic, conscientious soul music -- was responsible for her breakout, but many of the songs on Baduizm don't hold up to increased examination. For every intriguing track like "Next Lifetime," there's at least one rote R&B jam like "4 Leaf Clover." Jazz fans certainly weren't confusing her with Cassandra Wilson -- Badu had a bewitching voice, and she treasured her notes like the best jazz vocalists, but she often made the same choices, the hallmark of a singer rooted in soul, not jazz. Though many fans would dislike (and probably misinterpret) the comparison, she's closer to Diana Ross playing Billie Holiday -- as she did in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues -- than Holiday herself.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/1997
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0601215302721
catalogNumber:
53027
Rank:
3372

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erykah Badu   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ron Carter   Bass
Ike Lee   Keyboards
Bob Power   Guitar,Keyboards,Multi Instruments
Madukwu Chinwah   Voices
Tone Da Backbone   Multi Instruments
N'Dambi   Voices

Technical Credits

Lee Anthony   Engineer
Ike Lee   Programming,Producer
Dave Ivory   Engineer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Bob Power   Programming,Producer,Engineer
James Poyser   Producer
Frank Salazar   Engineer
Chris Trevett   Engineer
Robert Bradford   Producer
Richard Nichols   Producer
Roots   Producer
Jahphar Barron   Producer
Michael Gilbert   Engineer
Erykah Badu   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Anthony Lee   Engineer
Tim Donovan   Engineer
Madukwu Chinwah   Producer
Jaborn Jamal   Producer
Tone Da Backbone   Programming,Producer
Sandie Lee Drake   Art Direction
John Meredith   Producer,drum programming

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Baduizm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erykah Badu's album is like a breath of fresh air. Finally a sister that you would want your daughter or your sister to be like, a strong proud African sister. Oh yeah and she has great music too. I'm an avid hip hop head but this is my favorite album that came out in 97.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen and enjoy real music.....Let yourself relax and feel all you hear. Pure enjoyment.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing...free yourself with her music. Everyone has a little soul in them, use this CD as the key to let that part of you out-- it's been waiting all this time to breathe.