Meshell Ndegeocello

The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams


Six albums behind her, 9-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello has established herself as one of the most ambitious, consistent creative musical artists working.  Her new album, "The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams" may be her most ambitious yet.  In past recordings, Meshell has crafted songs in styles including soul, jazz, hip-hop, and others perhaps beyond categorization.  The same is true of most songs on the "The World..." as with "Virgo", a spaced-out song which manages to touch on elements of jazz, techno, spoken word and soul, moving gracefully into "Lovely Lovely", which adds rock to the palette.  Her subject matter is as varied, and as challenging.  There are confessions and confrontations, with issues of gender in "Different Girl Every Night"; complacent modern living and suicide in "Sloganeer: Paradise"; modern warfare set against apocalyptic prophecies of Mohammed, as recited by Shreik Hamza Yusef, which begin the album.  Also, her personal struggle between spirituality and sexuality, which has been a central theme in all her work, is dealt with sharper focus than ever before. I would love to be able to give the sum total of "The Modern World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams" in a single sentence, but truest thing to be said after listening once through the album is that is must be listened to again!



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