Plantation Lullabies

Plantation Lullabies

by MeShell NdegeOcello
     
 

Me'shell NdegéOcello's debut album twists and turns through so many genres -- R&B, pop, jazz, hip-hop -- that it's hard to put a finger on just where she wants to take its 13 songs. That she also spins conventional racial and sexual identity here makes Plantation Lullabies an occasionally overwhelming -- as well as a…  See more details below

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Me'shell NdegéOcello's debut album twists and turns through so many genres -- R&B, pop, jazz, hip-hop -- that it's hard to put a finger on just where she wants to take its 13 songs. That she also spins conventional racial and sexual identity here makes Plantation Lullabies an occasionally overwhelming -- as well as a vibrantly sophisticated -- listen. NdegéOcello defies labels throughout, tagging her slinking and crawling songs with a rubbery flow that's just as rooted in '70s funky soul as it is in '90s hip-hop culture. The best songs here -- "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," "Dred Loc," and "Outside Your Door" -- work their way into their grooves with a seamless, and almost uniform, bounce. It can be a bit derivative (for all of NdegéOcello's genre crossing, she always seems to go back to the same musical blueprint), but most of the time it's just about as boundary-busting and as affecting as '90s R&B gets.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1993
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624533320
catalogNumber:
45333
Rank:
85132

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meshell Ndegeocello   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments
Geri Allen   Piano
Bobby Lyle   Piano
Bill Summers   Drums,Shekere
Joshua Redman   Tenor Saxophone
Luis Conte   Conga
David Fiuczynski   Guitar
David Gamson   Drums
Byron Jackson   Background Vocals
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
James Preston   Piano

Technical Credits

Mic Murphy   Engineer
Bill Summers   Contributor
Andre Betts   Programming,Producer,drum programming
David Gamson   Producer
Meshell Ndegeocello   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Bob Power   Producer,Engineer
Beverly Jenkins   Director

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