Emily's D+Evolution [Deluxe] (CD)


Esperanza Spalding

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Esperanza Spalding sprung seemingly out of nowhere to take the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011. However arbitrary and/or irrelevant the Grammys may feel, Spalding was the rare example of the awards bringing widespread attention to a deserving artist that was little-known by the masses. But if you thought her 15 minutes of fame would cause the idiosyncratic jazz singer/songwriter and bassist to go soft, think again. The stunningly strange and complex Emily’s D+Evolution is easily one of the most original things you’ll hear this year, jazz, pop or otherwise. Songs like “Good Lava” are defiantly unruly, noise even, showing she’d sooner tour with someone like The Mars Volta than Norah Jones. The songs proggy turns are tempered only by Spalding’s cool vocals, which skip and flutter, lighter than air, before focusing into view in pointed moments reminiscent of similarly intellectually raucous indie-pop artists like Dirty Projectors or Tune-Yards. “Earth to Heaven’s” ’70s jazz-prog feel (think Steely Dan) sets a warm foundation for some of Spalding’s most daring vocals and subject matter, as she skewers religious fanaticism while dicing her vocals in a style reminiscent of Tori Amos, PJ Harvey or Erykah Badu, though she doesn’t seem to outright borrow from any one artist in particular. Even her attempt at a pop song, “One,” manages to be catchy yet intricate and uniquely grabbing all at the same time, full of spoken passages and odd turns. If you’re not totally convinced by Spalding’s idiosyncracies right off the bat, give it a minute; as she sings among the spiraling chords and springing basslines of “Judas,” “it’s only a matter of time, honey.”



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Good Lava
Esperanza Spalding 03:38
2.
Unconditional Love
Esperanza Spalding 03:46
3.
Judas
Esperanza Spalding 04:10
4.
Earth To Heaven
Esperanza Spalding 03:52
5.
One
Esperanza Spalding 03:15
6.
Rest In Pleasure
Esperanza Spalding 04:59
7.
Ebony & Ivy
Esperanza Spalding 04:20
8.
Noble Nobles
Esperanza Spalding 03:33
9.
Farewell Dolly
Esperanza Spalding 02:07
10.
Elevate Or Operate
Esperanza Spalding 04:03
11.
Funk The Fear
Esperanza Spalding 05:07
12.
I Want It Now
Esperanza Spalding 02:51
13.
Change Us
Esperanza Spalding 03:56
14.
Unconditional Love [Alternate Version]
Esperanza Spalding 09:39

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