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Meshell Ndegeocello


Album number twelve from the US rapper and bassist features covers of 80s and 90s R&B and nu-soul tracks

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  1. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Ventriloquism is a thrill and a surprise
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  2. 8.0 |   The FT

    An album that finds affinities between 1980s pop-R&B, soul and funk and the US singer-songwriter’s earthier style
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  3. 8.0 |   NOW

    The greatest strength of the album is that you don’t think of the original artists while Ndegeocello is singing
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello covers classics and stays true to her superb artistic sensibilities
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Ndegeocello concentrates on the era that birthed the Ready for the World and Whodini tracks - the mid- to late '80s, primarily her late-teenage years - with wistfulness applied only when the material calls for it
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The results are frequently transformative, and always enjoyable
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Meshell Ndegeocello's Ventriloquism turns commonly held conceptions of canon on their head
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Wonderful takes on R&B and soul. Print edition only

  9. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Tackling a range of R&B radio hits from the 1980s and 1990s, Meshell Ndegeocello treats the practice of covering another’s songs as an act of intimacy and empathy
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    After a few listens, it becomes clear why Ndegeocello plucked music from the '80s and stripped away their glitter and innocence — it's a clever metaphor for her outlook on the world
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  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Timeless, lustrous take on 90s R&B
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