Album Info

RELEASE
October 19, 1993
LABEL
Maverick
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Contemporary R&B, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Contemporary R&B, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Album Review

Me'shell NdegéOcello's debut album twists and turns through so many genres -- R&B, pop, jazz, hip-hop -- that it's hard to put a finger on just where she wants to take its 13 songs. That she also spins conventional racial and sexual identity here makes Plantation Lullabies an occasionally overwhelming -- as well as a vibrantly sophisticated -- listen. NdegéOcello defies labels throughout, tagging her slinking and crawling songs with a rubbery flow that's just as rooted in '70s funky soul as it is in '90s hip-hop culture. The best songs here -- "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," "Dred Loc," and "Outside Your Door" -- work their way into their grooves with a seamless, and almost uniform, bounce. It can be a bit derivative (for all of NdegéOcello's genre crossing, she always seems to go back to the same musical blueprint), but most of the time it's just about as boundary-busting and as affecting as '90s R&B gets.
Michael Gallucci, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Plantation Lullabieshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224312&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  2. I'm Diggin' You (Like an Old Soul Record)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224321&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  3. If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224371&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  4. Shoot'n up and Gett'n Highhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224385&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  5. Dred Lochttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224410&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  6. [Untitled]http://itunes.apple.com/album/plantation-lullabies/id313223981?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Step into the Projectshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224415&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  8. Soul on Icehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224416&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  9. Call Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224439&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  10. Outside Your Doorhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224446&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  11. Picture Showhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224447&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  12. Sweet Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224448&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
  13. Two Lonely Hearts (On the Subway)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=313224449&id=313223981&at=11l9vR
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