Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
Record label: Naïve
Genre(s): R&B, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative R&B
Comet, Come to Me, like Devil's Halo, involves a cover of a hit released during Meshell Ndegeocello's teenage years. Having ignited Ready for the World's 1985 slow jam "Love You Down," placed in the middle of her 2009 album, she boldly begins here with a cold-blooded update of Whodini's "Friends" that swirls and pierces. It sets the tone for 11 originals that are largely subdued but fraught with assorted forms of heartache and internal discomfort -- unresolved grievances, somber resolutions, candid confrontations.
If you don’t know who Meshell Ndegeocello is by now, you’re missing out. Following this spectacularly talented woman’s career now for just more than 20 years has been nothing short of fascinating as she’s managed to weave various musical cultural influences in and out of her albums, overlaying them with lyrics that run the gamut of post-feminist discourse, socioeconomic race relations, and good ‘ole fashioned love and sex. Her voice is sensual and soothing, and though she doesn’t sing so much as speak in most of her songs, you still become enveloped in the baritone nature of her libidinous vocals.
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Woozy reggae, slow-burn R&B, a spacey cover of Whodini's early-'80s rap classic "Friends": This is just some of the ground Meshell Ndegeocello covers on her adventurous new album. But a broad canvas is business as usual for this singer-bassist, who first bent mainstream ears 20 years ago when she joined John Mellencamp for a hit cover of "Wild Night" by Van Morrison; more recently, she's undertaken deeply considered tributes to Prince, Fats Waller and Nina Simone. On "Comet, Come to Me," her first set of original songs since 2011's folky "Weather," Ndegeocello ponders the end of a romance in typically unflinching language: "There's nothing between us except the feeling of nothing," she sings in "Tom.