Album Review

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Like most of Badu's albums, I had to listen to Return of the Ankh twice before I can digested it all. I don't know how to do proper reviews, but I will say the retro-futuristic song "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" is my favorite by far. Something about that song brings me back to when I was a youngin' in Brooklyn. The beat is cool and mesmerizing. Actually the whole album takes you on a hypnotic psychedelic ride. It's freaky yet pleasant. Queen Badu made me feel what falling in love is and what love is and could be. I really got comfortably lost in her world especially in "Love". It starts off with an voiceover saying that there's only two emotions that humankind experience: fear and love and all the other emotions branches directly or indirectly from them. I concur. Maybe that's why she walked down the streets of Dallas stripping her clothes off for her video "Window Seat" to prove that you can overcome and conquer your fears. We really do need to stop with the "group think" and not be afraid to be individuals.  That's just my interpretation especially after listening to the whole album and understanding the recurring theme of discovering what you really feel deep inside.
"Umm Hmm" is another classic.
 "Fall in Love (your funeral)" is very vintage and funky. It sounds familiar though. I can relate to what she's saying about falling in love with her. Very honest.
You also hear a similar chant from "Twinkle"  in "Incense" but I don't think people will be saying "It's scary. Ooh it's making me feel uncomfortable" with this one. It's peaceful and orgasmic rather.
There's also something special about her 10 min outro "Out of my Mind, Just in Time" it sounds like "Green Eyes" but more evolved. A lot of people can relate especially to the intro line " I'm a recovering undercover overlover". I haven't let the whole song seep in yet, so I'll discover more later on.

Overall I love it. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece but I like the feeling I feel when I listen to it.

Sidenote: Someone asked me why do I dig Erykah Badu so much. My response: Well as an artist, she gives me a sense of identity...


Window Seat video




This video is pure genius. She's a f**king genius for doing this. If you don't like or understand it, then it's just not for you. She wasn't wearing one of those Beyonce bikini thong outfits shaking her booty all over the place, so I really don't get the negative hype. Then again, that's exactly the message she's conveying: people being afraid to step out of the norm and their comfort zone...

4 comments:

Alana said...

Well she got the idea from Matt and kims 'Lesson Learned' song. I wish that I could have given her all the credit for the video, because I liked it a lot!

T'arr.a said...

Yea I know. But she didn't just do it to walk down the streets stripping her clothes off for fun. She wanted to send out a message and I think she's bold for doing it the way she did...

♑ Makara said...

The way people are responding to this, you'd think they'd never seen a naked body before. I watched this one Fox News video where most of the outrage seemed to center on her being naked in front of children. Being naked isn't in and of itself a sexual act, and it's really sad that we live in a society both so sexually repressed and so sexually commercialized that no one has any sense of subtlety with things like this.

Black bodies and women's bodies are really only acknowledged for their sexuality, when you think about it, so even something as banal as walking down the street (obviously non-sexual, she wasn't even looking at anyone) makes people go apoplectic with misdirected rage. I feel like this would've been controversial no matter who was doing it, people in general tend to fear their own bodies this much, but I feel like it's getting blown a bit out of proportion because she's a public figure. We wouldn't have heard about it if it had been just anyone.

People are stupid and can't really think for themselves, and will think and say whatever it's "accepted" for them to say on matters like these, regardless of how much actual sense it makes. She is a genius, because it seems that this is exactly what she's trying to get us to realize and to discuss. Group think in action.

T'arr.a said...

I completely agree. Children see naked people everywhere. Whether it's at home, porn, TV, booty shaking video, VH1, MTV, etc. It's what you're doing with the naked body that should be a concern in regards to children and Badu wasn't doing anything sexual.
She is a genius. Not because the video was creatively done, but because she knew this would create discussions...