12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drawing from the same batch of GarageBand demos that inspired her 2008 comeback album, New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War), neo-soul luminary Erykah Badu follows that socially conscious effort with cosmic funk and smouldering hip-hop grooves in Return of the Ankh. Drifting on dreamy keys and a pocket beat, “Window Seat” is one of Badu’s most intimate ballads. “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)” revels in sugary-sweet melodies and tongue-in-cheek materialism, while “Umm Hmm” channels ’70s soul with a beat from Madlib.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drawing from the same batch of GarageBand demos that inspired her 2008 comeback album, New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War), neo-soul luminary Erykah Badu follows that socially conscious effort with cosmic funk and smouldering hip-hop grooves in Return of the Ankh. Drifting on dreamy keys and a pocket beat, “Window Seat” is one of Badu’s most intimate ballads. “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)” revels in sugary-sweet melodies and tongue-in-cheek materialism, while “Umm Hmm” channels ’70s soul with a beat from Madlib.

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