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Ventriloquism

Format:
Long Play Vinyl
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
23-03-2018
Genres:
Label:
Barcode:
3700187667023
Packaging:
Gate Fold Vinyl
Catalog Number:
M6702
Ventriloquism
Ventriloquism

Description

Beautiful double LP, gatefold packaging, heavyweight 180g + digital download card. The vinyl features an etching on side D

Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocello's work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. Ndegeocello filters "Tender Love" through a folky, Californian filter and brings Vaudevillian accents to "Sensitivity". She recreates Smooth Operator in five, and turns "Private Dancer" into a sultry waltz. The reimagining affords not just a new musical experience but also a comment on the narrow expectations of sounds and structures for black artists and black music.

This album was recorded in Los Angeles with the familiar family of partners and players that Meshell has worked with for years. Chris Bruce plays guitar, Abraham Rounds is on drums, Jebin Bruni co-produced the album and plays keys. S. Husky Huskolds engineered while Pete Min mixed and mastered. Lasting and collaborative relationships with her fellow musicians is among the most important parts of music making for Meshell, prompting her to say on more than one occasion: "Meshell Ndegeocello is a band".

A final note to the listener, Meshell chose art for the album package that hints at what's inside: A graphic V, a hidden M, the artwork is symbolic, sexy, and calls on the language of protest of the era these songs were mined from. With no words or pictures, the artwork is itself a declaration that even when you cannot imagine what to say, if you come together to create, you can find transformation and reinvention, the old can become new, today can become tomorrow.

A portion of the profits from this album will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. I Wonder If I Take You Home
  3. Nite And Day
  4. Sometimes It Snows In April
  5. Waterfalls
  6. Atomic Dog 2017
  7. Sensitivity
  8. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)
  9. Tender Love
  10. Don't Disturb This Groove
  11. Private Dancer
  12. Smooth Operator (Meshell Ndegeocello Version)
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