13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Meshell Ndegeocello’s ninth release burns with a quiet fire. Emotionally charged and sonically rich, Weather is an intimate recording supported by complex arrangements that ride along with her elastic bass playing and powerful, versatile voice. She sounds vulnerable and raw on the heartrending piano ballad “Oyster,” defiant on “Rapid Fire,” and sultry on “Crazy and Wild” and the title track. Slowing the tempo to a crawl, she smolders through the sparse and haunting “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” and “Feeling for the Wall,” as if struggling to contain her emotions. “Dirty World” and “Dead End,” two soulful uptempo numbers, offer relief from the album’s dark undercurrent, as does a tender cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel.” Produced by Joe Henry, the album is a study in control and subtlety as it finds a perfect pitch between the experimental and pop-oriented sides of her musical personality.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Meshell Ndegeocello’s ninth release burns with a quiet fire. Emotionally charged and sonically rich, Weather is an intimate recording supported by complex arrangements that ride along with her elastic bass playing and powerful, versatile voice. She sounds vulnerable and raw on the heartrending piano ballad “Oyster,” defiant on “Rapid Fire,” and sultry on “Crazy and Wild” and the title track. Slowing the tempo to a crawl, she smolders through the sparse and haunting “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” and “Feeling for the Wall,” as if struggling to contain her emotions. “Dirty World” and “Dead End,” two soulful uptempo numbers, offer relief from the album’s dark undercurrent, as does a tender cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel.” Produced by Joe Henry, the album is a study in control and subtlety as it finds a perfect pitch between the experimental and pop-oriented sides of her musical personality.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Shopliftersdream ,

An artists journey

Popular music and consumerism has conditioned us to believe that we should get what we expect from artists. Top 40 and radio programming has done everything to reinforce this attitude...and according to some here...Me'shell should be a reflection of what we want and what we're comfortable hearing. "Forget where you come from and dance..."
If the journey that we hear is harsh, sad, and dark...let's take comfort in the fact that someone other than ourselves has been brave enough to have taken it and has recounted it in such beauty and honesty.

A H S ,

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Lovely, somber, heartfelt and sinister. Another hauntingly beautiful album from Meshell. Rainy day music at its finest. Particularly in love with Petit Mort, but I definitely suggest buying the whole album.

JdubJax ,

Plantation lulla-bye bye )=

I will always love MeShell, but I pine for the days when she wasn't quite so moody- Jw

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