Ventriloquism

Meshell Ndegeocello

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1
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In Stock
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2-5 days
Genre
Soul/R&B, Rhythm and Blues
Label
Naïve
Released
March 16, 2018

Format: Compact Disc

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Description

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.

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Key Value
Catalogue number M6701
Barcode 3700187667016
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 75g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 5mm x 142mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. I Wonder If I Take You Home 04:43
2. Nite And Day 04:59
3. Sometimes It Snows In April 07:05
4. Waterfalls 04:34
5. Atomic Dog 2017 06:27
6. Sensitivity 03:43
7. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun) 04:33
8. Tender Love 02:41
9. Don't Disturb This Groove 04:37
10. Private Dancer 04:50
11. Smooth Operator (Meshell Ndegeocello Version) 05:17