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Album: Weather [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Weather
2)    Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
3)    Feeling For the Wall
4)    Chance
5)    Oysters
6)    Rapid Fire
7)    Chelsea Hotel
8)    Dirty World
9)    Bitter Mule, A
10)    Crazy and Wild
11)    Petite Mort, Le
12)    Dead End
13)    Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness
 

Album: Weather [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Weather
2)    Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
3)    Feeling For the Wall
4)    Chance
5)    Oysters
6)    Rapid Fire
7)    Chelsea Hotel
8)    Dirty World
9)    Bitter Mule, A
10)    Crazy and Wild
11)    Petite Mort, Le
12)    Dead End
13)    Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness
 
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  • On the majority of Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello is supported by a core group that played on 2009's Devil's Halo: drummer Deantoni Parks, guitarist Chris Bruce, and pianist Keefus Ciancia. While Devil's Halo was co-produced by Ndegeocello and Bruce, this set was produced by Joe Henry, who was involved in the making of 1999's Bitter and notes in the liners here that he "pushed for songs to happen -- as much as possible -- as real-time 'live' performances." Compared to Devil's Halo, the set is a little more stripped-down with a slightly greater sense of spontaneity, and Ciancia dials down his "various soundscapes." There's tighter focus on romantic relationships, or maybe just one relationship, with a "you" addressed throughout on a spectrum of aching emotion that ranges from distress to desire. Radically different emotions are conveyed with minor, affecting inflections. In the dizzily swaying "Objects in Mirror," she can't move on ("I think about you every day/While I loiter on your doorstep"), while the somewhat similarly adorned "La Petite Mort" floats in on hushed libidinal swagger ("Arch your back and tell me the truth/Who's your daddy now?"). The wealth of lithe, quiet backdrops played at slow tempos allows Ndegeocello, who switches between husky lower and sweet upper registers with more ease than ever, to tickle the ears. No song rocks, but a few groove, best heard on "Dirty World" ("Kick and scream and watch it burn"), featuring a stealthily furious and funky bassline. This time, there are two covers, and they slip into the album's fabric with ease. The Soul Children's 1972 Stax single "Don't Take My Kindness for Weakness" is turned into a delicate ballad with acoustic guitar and piano but is no less assertive, while Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel" gets stately, full-band treatment with a wistful touch. Ndegeocello is making some of the finest music of her life. Given her consistency of late, it's quite possible that the same thing will be said of her output for as long as she is active. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.78) - "Every musical stroke is a concise yet instinctive caress; there's no grandstanding, but plenty of sensual vulnerability..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.103) - "Though it's built on the singer-bassist's sensual soul grooves, WEATHER reflects a bracingly tough-minded attitude toward love." -- Grade: A-

Magnet (p.57) - "Ndegeocello's been known to turn a wicked phrase, but this time it's her whisper that lingers in the wind."

CMJ - "[A]n audacious compilation of carefully arranged instrumentals under reflective lyrics....Ndegeocello is not shy about letting the pulse of a song run full force."

Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ndegeocello produces some of the more thoughtful soul records, mixing up styles and genres while writing lyrics that are an arresting mix of personal and political..."
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