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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/1997
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 601215302721
  • Catalog Number: 53027
  • Sales rank: 21,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rimshot (Intro) (1:56)
  2. 2 On & On (3:45)
  3. 3 Appletree (4:25)
  4. 4 Otherside of the Game (6:33)
  5. 5 Sometimes (0:44)
  6. 6 Next Lifetime (6:26)
  7. 7 Afro (2:04)
  8. 8 Certainly (4:43)
  9. 9 4 Leaf Clover (4:34)
  10. 10 No Love (5:08)
  11. 11 Drama (6:02)
  12. 12 Sometimes... (4:10)
  13. 13 Certainly (5:26)
  14. 14 Rimshot (Outro) (2:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erykah Badu Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Ike Lee III 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 III Programming, Producer
Dave Ivory Engineer
Kedar Massenburg Executive Producer
Bob Power Programming, Producer, Engineer, Contributor
James Poyser Producer
Frank Salazar Engineer
Chris Trevett Engineer
Robert Bradford Producer
Richard Nichols Producer
The 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
Susan Bibeau Contributor
Sandie Lee Drake Art Direction
John Meredith Producer, drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    High

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listening pleasure

    Listen and enjoy real music.....Let yourself relax and feel all you hear. Pure enjoyment.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUSIC YOU CAN FEEL

    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.

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