Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Comfort and Joy: Meshell Ndegeocello Sings of Pleasures Sacred and Profane on Her Sizzling New CD

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Comfort and Joy: Meshell Ndegeocello Sings of Pleasures Sacred and Profane on Her Sizzling New CD

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Comfort Woman

* Meshell Ndegeocello * Maverick/Warner Bros.

Meshell Ndegeocello takes an unrepentant look at love and sexuality on her newest release, Comfort Woman. The album is a thematic exploration of the sweet and the image of the body as a temple longing to be worshiped by love. True to her ambitious nature, the Berlin-born. New York-based radical bi dyke is breaking new ground simply by her use of subtlety. The album's vibe is understand and Sensual, a seamless ode to romantic refreshing departure from the blatant, in-your-face, shock sexuality generated by the hordes of generic trash-talking divas that dominate pop culture.

Ndegeocello delivers laid-back erotic vocals and throbbing bass lines. Her longtime collaborator, guitarist Allen Cato, infuses the songs with ambient guitar treatments, reggae grooves, and Jimi Hendrix-like solos. Listening to Comfort Woman is tantamount to lying in a fleshy, ganja-induced haze.

The album opens with the first of a trio of songs titled "Love Song," numbers 1, 2, and 3. Ndegeocello can't seem to get enough of love as she lays bare her omnipresent desire. This is not a singles-driven album--it bears repeated listening as it works its way under your skin. …

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