New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh The first installment in Erykah Badu's New Amerykah series, released two years ago, was an interstellar funk odyssey with room for tons of funny voices… New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh The first installment in Erykah Badu's New Amerykah series, released two years ago, was an interstellar funk odyssey with room for tons of funny voices… 2010-03-30 Erykah Badu R&B
Music Review

New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (2010)

Erykah Badu | OUT HER MIND, JUST IN TIME Erykah Badu
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OUT HER MIND, JUST IN TIME Erykah Badu
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 30, 2010; Lead Performance: Erykah Badu; Genre: R&B

The first installment in Erykah Badu's New Amerykah series, released two years ago, was an interstellar funk odyssey with room for tons of funny voices and avant-garde tangents. She stays comparatively earthbound on this follow-up, singing mostly about relationships over a set of warm, organic grooves. Some listeners will no doubt wish for more of the risks she took last time around. Ultimately, though, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh's comfortable style only makes it that much easier to get pleasantly lost in. A–

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Originally posted Mar 22, 2010 Published in issue #1096 Apr 02, 2010 Order article reprints
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