Erykah Badu: Arnold Turner/WireImage.com
Larry Blumenfeld
September 19, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Worldwide Underground

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Erykah Badu
Producers
Motown Records

We gave it a B+

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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