Former Maverick recording star Meshell Ndegeocello returns with Weather, her debut album for French indie label Naïve. The 10-time Grammy nominee crafts a very moody release, full of her famous eclectic sound and deep, deep voice and sporadic bass licks. In a world where radio listeners think Lady Gaga is experimental, Meshell is the true genius with a sound than no one has been able to replicate. She’s been doing it for 20 years and Weather is the perfect addition to her catalog.
As a big fan of experimental pop tracks, I absolutely adore Chance, which sounds like a melodramatic U2 or Prince song. It’s both catchy and smart. Other standouts include Petite Mort and the upbeat Dead End. Sounding a bit like her earlier works, Dirty World features a killer bass line, outlined with a strong political message.
Featuring minimal musical arrangements (showcased by occasional collaborations with Chris Connelly (formerly of Ministry), Benji Hughes, and Joe Henry) which are lead by Ndegeocello's voice, the result is whimsical album perfect for melting away through a set of headphones or secluded by the fireplace.
The album’s short closing track, Don’t Take My Kindness for Weakness, seems like a very personal and emotional outing for Meshell and is a fantastic end to a fulfilling eargasm of sound.