Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution
The end of 2016 album releases aren’t worth mentioning, so we’re listening to Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution.
Rather than sifting through last year’s dregs, let’s be more productive and revisit one of 2016’s top 50 albums. Since this album dropped nine months ago, you may have already listened to it. If so, kudos. I’m ashamed to say I missed it until recently. If you’re like me, you’re in for a wide variety of styles like math-rock, nu soul, jazz, and funk. You’ll experience unconventional time signatures and vocals that are nothing short of gymnastic. Esperanza Spalding shares producing credits with longtime Bowie-contributor, Tony Visconti. This gives many of the tracks an avante garde feel. Behind each non-standard phrasing lies a hook. Don’t believe me? Listen to the album a second time. You’ll discover new influences like Prince or Janelle Monae. Maybe you’ll hear Joni Mitchell or Kate Bush. What else do you hear?
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