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new meshell ndegeocello album in october
August 27, 2009, 3:07 pm
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270809_meshellndegeocelloLisa Germano guests

Sixteen years into her recording career, Meshell Ndegeocello’s remarkable back catalogue stands out as one of the most formidable of the last two decades, both in terms of artistic vision and with deference to her critical acclaim (10 Grammy nominations, but sadly not the sales to match). Operating on the fringes of the industry, she remains a powerful advocate for music created with intelligence and integrity. Her eighth album, Devil’s Halo, reasserts her strengths without hesitation, taking her music back to pure, organic musicianship. Giving electronics as wide a berth as it is possible to do in 2009, Meshell found her creativity in music “created and performed by people’s hands”. World renowned as a badass bassist, she’s joined by co-producer / guitarist Chris Bruce, drummer Deantoni Parks, keyboardist Keefus Ciancia and Lisa Germano on cello. Occasional touring bassist Mark Kelley contributes backing vocals, as does Oren Bloedow of New York dream-pop duo Elysian Fields.

Said to be influenced by everyone from Wu Tang Clan to Yes, via The Human League, Devil’s Halo once again shows Meshell’s versatility as a vocalist, just as adept at railing and raging as she is at cutting close to the bone with tender, truthful lyrics. The album is released through Mercer Street, an imprint of Downtown Records, on October 6th. Preview track ‘Mass Transit’ is streaming from her Myspace now.



Devil’s Halo
01 Slaughter
02 Tie One On
03 Lola
04 Hair Of The Dog
05 Mass Transit
06 White Girl
07 Love You Down
08 Devil’s Halo
09 Bright Shiny Morning
10 Blood On The Curb
11 Die Young
12 Crying In Your Beer

Alan Pedder


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