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  • Summary: Officially an EP, this 10-track effort is actually a full 50 minutes long and contains all new material. Guests include Lenny Kravitz, Zap Mama, Queen Latifah, Angie Stone and Bahamadia.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. 90
    An astonishing album... a nu soul master that should ride high on any 21st century 'best of' lists. [Dec 2003, p.109]
  2. Most of this succeeds. [19 Sep 2003, p.86]
  3. This time around, she and her collaborators have also figured out how to blow away the incense without losing her mystique.
  4. 70
    Some songs are just completely uninspired.... There are definitive highlights on Underground, however, that make this collection essential. [Nov 2003, p.147]
  5. As easy as the disc is to slide into, it's far and away the least commercial R&B release of the year.
  6. Badu keeps the proceedings here buoyant and relaxed with that supple-lipped scat of hers, stretching out scant syllables at her lounging, loopy leisure.
  7. Erykah Badu still hasn't found her way through the haze.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. MichaelD
    Feb 9, 2004
  2. mayaNN
    Oct 20, 2003
    Im freakin lovin this one- I think it has made its way to my desert island top 10- you can feel some of the chaka khan influence in some of the tracks Expand
  3. NseE
    Oct 5, 2003
    Awesome!! There are just 8 tracks on this cd but you hardly notice due to the lenght of the songs, as well as the twists and turns they take (point in case, 'I want you' with it's rock guitar finale). Standouts include 'Iwant you', 'Back in the day', 'Love of my life worldwide', 'Bump it', 'The grind', 'Danger', 'Woo', 'Think twice'.. that's the whole cd! Might not be a very commercial cd, but very very good! Expand
  4. ZoeshaMountain
    Oct 20, 2003
    I don't care what anyone says. You shouldn't judge a CD by the review. Listen to it for yourself and let your own mind decide! The CD is the bomb Expand
  5. DamienR
    Oct 26, 2003
    Love the cd, with the exception of Love of My Life Worldwide...
  6. DuncH
    Jan 9, 2004
    This is a fruity confection which has a positive summery groove. A little indulgent perhaps but so few other artists could pull this off - she has the best voice around. Expand
  7. BrooklynBrown
    Dec 16, 2003
    Once you get into a flow, the damn track KEEPS flowing...too much air space, sound like she was just trying to fill up space on the CD, at first I wanted my money back, but I'm kinda feeling track 3 and 4, i hate Love of my life Worldwide Underground.....Badu needs to come with sumthin much better next time, she's still my girl, just a little high on some incense...peace!!! Expand

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