The ninth studio release from singer-songwriter, producer, and performer Meshell Ndegeocello is an intimate room of alternative-pop sounds.
As the title suggests, Weather covers the wide array of feelings one may experience in and out of a relationship or just while living life. Itâ€™s a personal experience; simple yet complex in its instrumentation. Ndegeocelloâ€™s music captures a moment, a time of vulnerability. Â Weather reminds me of 1999â€™s Bitter and 2009â€™s Devilâ€™s Haloâ€”LPs that are full of emotion, heartbreak, love, and sadness–except that it is now 2012 and the prolific songwriter is still sifting through those complex feelings of isolation and desire. Â “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” evokes sadness and longing, while “A Bitter Mule” is seemingly about forgiveness, yet “Chance” speaks on â€œIf not for love/I have to refuse it.â€
What Iâ€™ve always enjoyed about Meshell is that you never know what to expect, from album to album. Sometimes itâ€™s best to just dive in and pray for a connection. Though she hasnâ€™t truly had mainstream success since 1993â€™s Plantation Lullabies and Bitter, the bassist Â still packs venues around the country, which speaks volumes about her ability to write lyrics from the heart and to connect with fans new and old alike!