Bitter

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Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
As a songwriter and singer, Meshell Ndegéocello is the closest thing the '90s has to a '70s era Bill Withers. Tracing his career arc into mellower territory, Ndegeocello approaches BITTER with a new attitude -- not to mention a new producer, Craig Street, who's better known for producing vocalists like k.d. lang and Cassandra Wilson than all-purpose singer/funkateers. BITTER focuses on the warmth and resonance of her voice, and her work here de-emphasizes the intense grooves and fiery, pansexual attitude of her first two albums in favor of quieter, more personal material with prominent, tasteful guitar playing. Her vocal model for a lot of these songs is ballad-mode ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
As a songwriter and singer, Meshell Ndegéocello is the closest thing the '90s has to a '70s era Bill Withers. Tracing his career arc into mellower territory, Ndegeocello approaches BITTER with a new attitude -- not to mention a new producer, Craig Street, who's better known for producing vocalists like k.d. lang and Cassandra Wilson than all-purpose singer/funkateers. BITTER focuses on the warmth and resonance of her voice, and her work here de-emphasizes the intense grooves and fiery, pansexual attitude of her first two albums in favor of quieter, more personal material with prominent, tasteful guitar playing. Her vocal model for a lot of these songs is ballad-mode Jimi Hendrix; in fact, the centerpiece of the disc is an airy cover of his "May This Be Love." Her own songs have a melancholy about them this time, but when she revs up her bass, the joy comes shining through.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bitter is an appropriate title for Meshell Ndegéocello's third album. Inspired by a torturous romantic relationship, Bitter surges with emotions, and most of them are shaded with regret, remorse, or bitterness. Undoubtedly, the relationship was painful, but it has given Ndegéocello an artistic focus missing on her two previous albums. It provides a sorrowful, meditative emotional template that she matches with moody, slow songs that flow into each other. It's the kind of album that demands close listening, otherwise it has the tendency to fade into the background. For some listeners, concentrated listening may be a little difficult, given the bleak emotions of the music, but Ndegéocello's subtle songcraft truly reveals itself upon close inspection. And, with repeated plays, Bitter reveals itself as the most personal -- and in many ways, most rewarding -- album of her career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Maverick
  • UPC: 093624743927
  • Catalog Number: 47439
  • Sales rank: 37,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adam (2:24)
  2. 2 Fool Of Me (3:30)
  3. 3 Faithful (4:46)
  4. 4 Satisfy (4:05)
  5. 5 Bitter (4:15)
  6. 6 May This Be Love (5:17)
  7. 7 Sincerity (5:30)
  8. 8 Loyalty (4:20)
  9. 9 Beautiful (2:44)
  10. 10 Eve (1:23)
  11. 11 Wasted Time (4:55)
  12. 12 Grace (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
MeShell NdegeOcello Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Torn Contributor
Joe Henry Contributor
Chris Bruce Contributor
Greg Calbi Mastering
Lisa Coleman Contributor
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Contributor
Greg Leisz Contributor
MeShell NdegeOcello Contributor
Wendy Melvoin Contributor
Sandra Park Contributor
Daniel Sadownick Contributor
Arif St. Michael Contributor
Craig Street Producer
Dusty Wakeman Engineer
Tom Schick Engineer
Kevin Reagan Art Direction
Doyle Bramhall II Contributor
Steve Barber String Arrangements
Sharon Yamada Contributor
Robert Rinehart Contributor
Alan Stepansky Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If she only knew

    At a time when I thought life was falling apart and that I could no longer go on, this album taught me to love again. Some artists know not what thier music can do to listener, yet evokes love, passion, anger, and most of all inspiration to one's soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unintentional Prophet

    MeShell speaks of love the way I wish we did everyday. No matter if it appears to be about romantic love, it is more then what we imagine as the typical “love song". She writes about love but does not privilege herself. Instead she makes herself appear vulnerable and to some, even weak, writing as if it were only her in a discussion with her soul. There is so much heart in her music that it overwhelms you, threatens to move you and perhaps rearrange you, but there is also so much courage there. You wish you could transform always as you do listening to her music. Andromeda and the Milka Way, or Liq. Moon, Faithful, and Pocketbook all belong to a collection of sexy, strong, loving music that you have no choice but to adore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top 10 of Thousands

    I have thousands of CDs (all genres, all flavors). This is truly one of my favorites. I can listen to it repeatedly even years later. Beautiful is just that. Beyond bitter there is love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Me'shell

    Me'Shell has a way of making you feel her every emotion... this is the perfect music for a drive in the car.. a late night chat on the phone with someone you love... to get over a breakup... or anything that could require wonderful music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To love good music is to love Me'shell

    With a voice that rivets the soul, her heart will give her most deepest emotion sound. One word to describe her would be.....me

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