很少女性音樂人像 Meshell Ndegeocello 那樣多才多藝，她除了是一名擅長演繹騷靈、R&B 風格的歌手外，也懂得 Rap，而且彈得一手出色的低音結他。闊別 4 年，新碟《Ventriloquism》終於推出，Meshell 挑選了一些她成長時期喜愛的 80 和 90 年代經典，重新演繹，絕對別有一番風味，個人風格之強烈，聽著聽著就忘記那是翻唱歌曲了。選曲包括有 Prince、TLC、Janet Jackson 等歌手組合的名作，而較為香港樂迷熟悉的，則要數到 Sade 的超級經典〈Smooth Operator〉，新版以男聲獨白切入，配以充滿狠勁的 synth bass 演奏與搶耳節拍，加上 Meshell 感性的聲線，效果讓人耳目一新。
Few musicians are as versatile as Meshell Ndegeocello, a soul and jazz singer-songwriter who also happens to be an excellent rapper and bassist. Her latest album Ventriloquism, arriving four years after her last, is a selection of 80s and 90s classics that the singer grew up with, reinterpreted with a sound and a style so personal and unique that you forget that they are covers. The album features iconic tracks from Prince, TLC and Janet Jackson, as well as Sade's Smooth Operator, a 1984 hit well-known to Hong Kong music lovers. Opening with a monologue, Ndegeocello's version of Smooth Operator boasts an edgy synth bassline, groovy beats and her mesmerizing voice, making it a stunning reimagination of an old classic.
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