MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO / “Who Is He And What Is He To You”

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Q Says:
May 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Hey Kalamu. Don’t get me wrong, I like Shaun Escoffery. Liked Soulonica and his self-titled album. However, Shaun, in comparison, is out of his league here. While the orchestral changes are similar, nothing beats the PURE, UNADULTERATED SOUL of Withers, Ndegeocello, or Knight. Listening to those three alone gives you a sense that each one of them was walking down the street and saw ‘the man’ or in Gladys’ case ‘the girl’. Not saying that Shaun doesn’t have chops’ it’s just that this version sounds weak in comparison to the others. Gladys’ version especially sounded like she was ready to knock dude upside the head for looking at ‘the girl’. Descriptive devices aside, when you say ‘sinister’ are you talking about the groove or the singing? If I were to use the term, I’d reserve it for the Ndegeocello version. Whether it was a simple remake or implied homosexual overtones, you get the picture from her version that she wasn’t too pleased about ‘the man’ either.

          kalamu sez           

when i said: "The overall sound is sinister and sneaky" i was reerring to shaun’s version, and how the producers mashed soul and electronic elements together. it’s not a pretty, or smooth, or plain ole funky sound but something else that don’t seem quite settled into one particular groove. i think that was their intention. specifically "sinister" implies that what is about to happen ain’t going to be nothing nice. or at leasst that’s the way i hear it.


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