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Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

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Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

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New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Erykah Badu, first released in 2010, through Universal Motown. It follows her 2003 album Worldwide Underground and a hiatus from recording music. Communicating with several hip hop producers over the Internet, Badu conceived seventy five songs set to be split over three albums with New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008) being the first. The writing of the songs, led to the album's primary recording sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

Contrasting its socially themed and complex predecessor, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008), New Amerykah Part Two contains a prominently groove-based, analog sound that takes influence from Neo soul, funk, R&B and soul. The album incorporates sampling and live instrumentation, while its more personal lyrics focus on themes of romance and relationships. Written mainly by Badu, the production for the album was handled by several of Badu's previous collaborators, including J Dilla, Questlove, James Poyser, Madlib, 9th Wonder, Sa-Ra, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Karriem Riggins.

Upon its release, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) received rave reviews from music critics, who commended its soulful sound and loose structure, and viewed it as more accessible than that of its predecessor. The album was ranked as one of the best album of 2010 and the decade by several publications. The album achieved moderate success, debuting at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 110,000 copies in its first week and produced three singles, "Window Seat", "Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)", and "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long”. - Wiki

“The cornerstone of Part Two’s success is Badu’s vocal performance. She wants to fly, preferably alone in a window seat, but she wants someone to “want me”, “miss me”, and “need me”. Love is complex, sometimes contradictory, and she sings about it with the flavor of a first person account plus the reflection of a third person observer. Her performance is polished, as in the opening track’s cozy brilliance, but also raw, as in “Out My Mind, Just in Time”, the aforementioned closer that resembles “Green Eyes”, her three-part finale to Mama’s Gun. “I’ll pray for you,” she urges. “Crochet for you. Make it from scratch for you”.  With a single flutter, she exudes both confidence and insecurity. With each fragile note, she conveys experience and doe-eyed enthusiasm, optimism and loneliness, and ends up wooing us and wowing us in the process.” - PopMatters

Item description:

Artist:

Erykah Badu

Title:

New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

Label:

Universal Motown

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

2010

Genre:

Soul, Hip Hop

Style:

Conscious, Neo Soul, Female Vocals

Catalog No:

B0014023-01

Condition:

New