On the Record: Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Hurricane Bells & More

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By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 1 | Posted Nov. 2, 2011

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Me’Shell Ndegeocello

Weather 

(Naive)

Sounds Like: The ever-evolving, supremely talented singer-songwriter’s ninth studio effort is a quiet, spare and captivating spin on her neo-soul R&B bass-playin’ bag.

Free Association: Her biggest hit’s that damn Mellencamp duet—what a weird world.

For Fans Of: Erykah Badu x Maxwell, Prince + Jill Scott, soulful vocal control.

Hurricane Bells

Tides and Tales

(Invisible Brigades)

Sounds Like: Steve Schiltz, frontman for Longwave, issues a second LP following his buzzy debut (IT HAD A SONG ON THE TWILIGHT SOUNDTRACK!) full of infectiously peaceful indie rock.

Free Association: Sometimes totally inoffensive soft man rock has a subtle brilliance.

For Fans Of: Death Cab x Iron & Wine, Badly Drawn Boy + Stars, Breaking Dawn.

 

Alesana

A Place Where The Sun Is Silent

(Epitaph)

Sounds Like: Raleigh via Baltimore post-punk screamo sextet’s fourth is a weird mixture of artsy metal, emo vocals, gothic and angst-ridden lyricism and it blows.

Free Association: A record in two acts: the Gate and the Immortal Sill (WHAT!?).

For Fans Of: An Autumn Surrender + Fear Before, concept screamo, flatironed dude hair.

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1. Matthew said... on Nov 2, 2011 at 01:07PM

“For chrissake, please stop referring to Meshell Ndegeocello as neo soul. That goes for Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, etc. These artists despise being referred to as "neo" soul.”

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