Comfort Woman - Me'Shell Ndegéocello
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  • Summary: The soul singer's fifth LP is less political than previous efforts, as may be expected from a disc that lists three tracks titled "Love Song."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. A perfect commingling of the spirits of dub reggae and mid-'70s soul and groove jazz.... NdegeOcello's finest moment on record thus far.
  2. 90
    She's made her Marvin Gaye album, a sweet collection of dreamy, reggae-kissed gems. [Dec 2003, p.86]
  3. In austere style and apolitical theme, it's similar to Ndegocello's 1996 outing Bitter, but this is the work of an older, wiser woman who can view that album's romantic failures within a bigger picture.
  4. 70
    A sensual, sumptuous overload. [Jan 2004, p.116]
  5. Unfortunately, most of the songs... are simply retreads of past works, with only the occasional fresh perception.
  6. 60
    Though Comfort Woman does not match the rebellion of past efforts, its overall joy is infectious. [Dec 2003, p.214]
  7. The last adjective that could ever describe NdegeOcello's music is "dull," but that's just the damnation to apply to the new Comfort Woman, along with "inexplicable," "meandering," and "inexplicably meandering."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. matthewj
    Mar 26, 2004
    10
    Her music is smooth and mellow. Perfect love music, as well as everyday music. I will definitely be looking for a next album
  2. m
    Dec 18, 2003
    10
    Best album of 2003.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 31, 2003
    10
    album of the year.
  4. RobertB
    Jan 22, 2004
    10
    A beautiful album. I can listen to it every day. Sonic love. I wish more people appreciated her artistic talent.
  5. Don
    Oct 21, 2003
    9
    This is what music should sound like, this is a great cd.
  6. MarcP
    Nov 26, 2003
    7
    Smoothess CD buy Meshelle yet, More in keeping with great listening grooves while still remaining very jazzy. Nice CD!!!
  7. CharlieC.
    Oct 23, 2003
    4
    I've enjoyed Ndegeocello's last few albums, but this latest release sounds like prog-rock Stevie Wonder. There's a sameness to I've enjoyed Ndegeocello's last few albums, but this latest release sounds like prog-rock Stevie Wonder. There's a sameness to the beats, the lyrics are somewhat shallow odes to "forgiveness" and "love," and Ndegeocello's voice stays at the same tone through pretty much the entire album. Maybe something to listen to in the background, but I didn't find this record worth a close listen. Ndegeocello is a fine artist, and I was largely disappointed with this effort. Expand