Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
3. Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh (Universal Motown)
Despite the kerfuffle that arose around the (literally) naked political message of the "Window Seat" video, the inimitable Ms. Badu's latest is personal rather than polemical and a decidedly downbeat companion to New Amerykah Part 1. Though she tries to defuse matters with her quirky sense of humour, the overall themes underlined by stellar, fulsome production, are loyalty and sincerity as she loves hard. Badu's fiercely introspective stance puts her emotional vulnerabilities on full display in aching ballads and strident b-girl-infused proclamations of devotion on arguably her most intimate record yet.
Del F. Cowie