12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of contemporary R&B’s free radicals, Erykah Badu tossed the “neo-soul” tag long ago to focus on her unique vision. If Part One was a reaction to the world at a crossroads, Part Two looks inward, using underground hip-hop, groovy jazz, funk, and psychedelic touches as vessels. “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)” flips the Junior M.A.F.I.A./Biggie collabo into a slinky celebration. “Love” and “Umm Hmm” skillfully bridge the analog and digital worlds to strip away issues of the heart. “Window Seat” stacks another hit on the pile; it’s a tale of a woman simultaneously searching for escape and commitment. And after recording the greatest jilted-lover diss in “Tyrone,” Badu again packs heat with “Fall In Love (Your Funeral).” But the album’s best part is when Badu's locked in a groove, channeling an inner monologue that’s one of the most compelling sounds in R&B. In the quest for New Amerykah, Erykah Badu captains the ship, pushing away from the dock into soul and hip-hop’s uncharted waters. Come along for the ride. New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh comes with the bonus track “Jump Up In the Air and Stay There,” featuring Lil’ Wayne and Bilal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of contemporary R&B’s free radicals, Erykah Badu tossed the “neo-soul” tag long ago to focus on her unique vision. If Part One was a reaction to the world at a crossroads, Part Two looks inward, using underground hip-hop, groovy jazz, funk, and psychedelic touches as vessels. “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)” flips the Junior M.A.F.I.A./Biggie collabo into a slinky celebration. “Love” and “Umm Hmm” skillfully bridge the analog and digital worlds to strip away issues of the heart. “Window Seat” stacks another hit on the pile; it’s a tale of a woman simultaneously searching for escape and commitment. And after recording the greatest jilted-lover diss in “Tyrone,” Badu again packs heat with “Fall In Love (Your Funeral).” But the album’s best part is when Badu's locked in a groove, channeling an inner monologue that’s one of the most compelling sounds in R&B. In the quest for New Amerykah, Erykah Badu captains the ship, pushing away from the dock into soul and hip-hop’s uncharted waters. Come along for the ride. New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh comes with the bonus track “Jump Up In the Air and Stay There,” featuring Lil’ Wayne and Bilal.

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