Saturday, January 10, 2004

submeat's top 100 tracks of 2003: songs to download and love

#87 "Bump It," Erykah Badu featuring Zap Mama and Caron Wheeler (Motown)
I saw a review of Badu's Worldwide Underground on which referred to the record as "bohemian." And you know, that's fairly on the mark. On Motown now, Badu's proving herself to be their sales-be-damned artist, pushing herself and her art further and further; would that make her the '00's Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder, perhaps? Even when she stumbles (which is less and less as she continues to grow into her confidence as an artist), she's interesting. On Worldwide Underground, she rarely stumbles. "Bump It," some would say, is overlong at 8:49, but the thing to remember is this is Badu's groove album, less concerned with lyrics than mood. And she's got that shit down, truly. Zap Mama and Wheeler assist on backing vocals, but really, this is the sound of Badu letting her freak flag fly. Pair it with her babydaddy Andre 3000's OutKast disc and you've got the most adventurous R&B being made, 2003 stylee.

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