Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun

Music Pick of the Day - Erykah Badu

Penitentiary Philosophy
Didn’t Cha Know
A.D. 2000
Orange Moon
Green Eyes

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I think Erykah Badu has gone batshit crazy and I don’t get what she’s going for lately. But Mama’s Gun is a Masterpiece. Not her most commercially successful album, but clearly her best work. This album is diverse, explores many paths soul music can go, expressing each different genre with more creativity and expertise than most musicians focused only on each genre. The journey starts off with dirty funk rock soul, moves into mellow funky tribal R&B soul, get’s progressively more hip hop with a 70s edge, before abandoning that sound and getting stripped down to finish the second half on a gorgeous acoustic jazz soul sound. I like the 2nd half better. Notice the intro to the 10 minute final song “Green Eyes” and how it transitions into a different song. This album is genius, unfortunately geniuses tend to go crazy sooner or later.

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Bag Lady from Mama’s Gun (Not the highlight of the album, but the most commercial)

If you follow my Music Pick of the Day series, hopefully I’ll influence and broaden your taste in music, at least a little. I’m not interested in reviewing what’s new on the scene, but rather introducing you to some gems that you might have overlooked. Do me favor. Let me know about artists you think I might like. There’s too many creative geniuses in the world of music to keep track of them all myself.