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Worldwide UndergroundForget comparisons to Billie or Chaka -- that craggy-yet-smooth croon is Erykah Badu's own. Little here on Worldwide Underground matches the...Worldwide UndergroundR&BForget comparisons to Billie or Chaka -- that craggy-yet-smooth croon is Erykah Badu's own. Little here on Worldwide Underground matches the...2003-09-19
Erykah Badu

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B+

Worldwide Underground

Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Erykah Badu; Producer (group): Motown Records; Status: In Season

Forget comparisons to Billie or Chaka – that craggy-yet-smooth croon is Erykah Badu’s own. Little here on Worldwide Underground matches the impact of ”Danger,” with its simple piano figure and snatches of a fake 911 call. Still, most of this succeeds: ”Love of My Life Worldwide” (with Queen Latifah) neatly reconfigures the Sugar Hill sound, and ”Back in the Day” (with Lenny Kravitz on guitar) rides high on a strong backbeat.

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