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Genres: Blues, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
There is always cause for concern when a promising new artist follows up a solid debut with a live album rehashing all the same material. After seeing Erykah Badu steal the "Smokin Grooves Tour" summer of 1996, however, it... more »
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There is always cause for concern when a promising new artist follows up a solid debut with a live album rehashing all the same material. After seeing Erykah Badu steal the "Smokin Grooves Tour" summer of 1996, however, it only makes sense that her record company decided to release Live as a stopgap between her next studio recording. To put it mildly, the Badu live experience is anything but typical. There is a kindred bond between the singer and her audiences which translates wonderfully onto the disc. It's in the warmth of the songs, the intimacy with which Badu addresses the crowd, and the constant chants of "Erykah!" emanating from the masses. For her part, Badu does a wonderful job revisiting the material from her superb debut Baduizm. She also takes on an assortment of covers, ranging from Roy Ayers's "Searching" to the Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long," making each one sound distinctly her own. The most captivating moment, though, is a new number called "Tyrone," in which she most eloquently tells a dense boyfriend to take a hike. --Aidin Vaziri
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rmcrae | Houston, Texas | 05/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rather than rehashing her entire debut with the same music and inflection, Erykah Badu wisely decided to reinterpret them in a new fashion. The short intro Rimshot is transformed into a 3 minute vibe session kicking off the singer and her band's mutual musical wavelength. The live version of The Otherside of the Game is even smokier than the original and Certainly is transformed into a history lesson on the rearranging of black culture (not in a preachy way). For anyone who doubts Badu's range, check out her cover of her idol Chaka Khan's Stay. Her version goes toe to toe with the original by showing off her powerhouse skills. She also covers Roy Ayer's Searching, Heatwave's Boogie Nights, and The Mary Jane Girls' All Night Long with positive results.
The emotional YeYo is dedicated to her then unborn son Seven, but the best performance is that of Tyrone. Erykah tells her audience that she has something new to test out on them and playfully teases "I'm sensitive about my [stuff]." Tyrone is a no good boyfriend that's always wanting something for nothing and spends more time with his boys (Tyrone included) than his girl. Badu tells him to call Tyrone so he can get his stuff and get the hell out. The audience eats it up as she tears the house down. The greatest thing about the album is Erykah's intimate inclusion of the audience in the crowd and those listening on their headphones for lifetimes to come."