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Bitter
     

Bitter

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by Meshell Ndegeocello
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624743927
catalogNumber:
47439
Rank:
51950

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Performance Credits

Meshell Ndegeocello   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

David Torn   Contributor
Joe Henry   Contributor
Chris Bruce   Contributor
Lisa Coleman   Contributor
Abraham Laboriel   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   Contributor
Steve Barber   String Arrangements
Sharon Yamada   Contributor
Robert Rinehart   Contributor
Alan Stepansky   Contributor

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Bitter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a voice that rivets the soul, her heart will give her most deepest emotion sound. One word to describe her would be.....me
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.