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Plantation Lullabies

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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
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Plantation Lullabies Me'shell NdegéOcello 1:30
  3. 2 I'm Diggin' You (Like an Old Soul Record) Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:22
  4. 3 If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night) Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:28
  5. 4 Shoot'n up and Gett'n High Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:9
  6. 5 Dred Loc Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:2
  7. 6 [Untitled] Me'shell NdegéOcello 1:39
  8. 7 Step into the Projects Me'shell NdegéOcello 3:52
  9. 8 Soul on Ice Me'shell NdegéOcello 5:3
  10. 9 Call Me Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:40
  11. 10 Outside Your Door Me'shell NdegéOcello 5:4
  12. 11 Picture Show Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:33
  13. 12 Sweet Love Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:50
  14. 13 Two Lonely Hearts (On the Subway) Me'shell NdegéOcello 4:15

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