Album Review: Erykah Badu – ‘New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh’ (Universal)

A personal and laidback affair

Like everything, music is always essentially about love, death, or both. [b]Erykah Badu[/b] covered the dark side on the first part of this potential series of albums in 2008, when [b]‘New Amerykah: Part I (4th World War)’[/b] assumed a political, fierce stance against spaced out hip-hop and jittering beats. [b]‘…Part II’[/b] is an altogether more personal and laidback affair, concerned with romance and emotions. The word ‘love’ features heavily, in titles and in lyrics, and it seems to have relaxed her, though there are flashes of doubt that cut through the smoothness, particularly in [b]‘Loving Me’[/b]’s brief refrain: [i]“You’re loving me and I’m drinking your gin… and I’m fucking your friends”[/i]. Bring on Part III.

[b]Rebecca Nicholson[/b]

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