Comet, Come to Me

Comet, Come to Me

by MeShell NdegeOcelloMeShell NdegeOcello


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Comet, Come to Me, like Devil's Halo, involves a cover of a hit released during Meshell Ndegeocello's teenage years. Having ignited Ready for the World's 1985 slow jam "Love You Down," placed in the middle of her 2009 album, she boldly begins here with a cold-blooded update of Whodini's "Friends" that swirls and pierces. It sets the tone for 11 originals that are largely subdued but fraught with assorted forms of heartache and internal discomfort -- unresolved grievances, somber resolutions, candid confrontations. Backed mostly by superhuman drummer Earl Harvin and long-term keyboardist Jebin Bruni, with less frequent contributions from Chris Bruce, My Brightest Diamond, Amp Fiddler, and Doyle Bramhall, among others, the album plays out like a continuation of Devil's Halo and 2011's Weather, with well-defined and uncluttered songs that have subtle and artful touches and twists. Lyrically, this is Ndegeocello at her rawest. In the hushed desert blues of "Good Day Bad," she reveals, "I am haunted late at night and no one cares to ask me how I feel/My only friend's my flask," then notes "Wish I knew my momma, wish I could forgive my dad." Not even the three songs anchored in throbbing reggae rhythms -- "Forget My Name," the title track, and "Modern Time" -- evoke emotional ease, as Ndegeocello's verses hinge on words like slaughter, pretending, and thrashing. During the album's latter half, a pair of career highlights are set back to back. The rolling "Conviction" is a dismissal delivered casually, almost sweetly, while "Folie a Deux," accented with a soft vibraphone refrain, opens with an offhanded "Don't be sentimental, call me hateful and cold/I just don't love you no more." Somewhat benevolently, "American Rhapsody" acts as a relatively restful finale. While listeners will have to wait a little longer for a break in the clouds, Ndegeocello and her associates have soundtracked yet another emotional storm in vivid, enthralling fashion.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2014
Label: Naive
UPC: 3298498311129
catalogNumber: 831112
Rank: 36592

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meshell Ndegeocello   Primary Artist
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Bruce   Bass,Guitar
Earl Harvin   Percussion,Drums
Jebin Bruni   Keyboards
Amp Fiddler   Synthesizer Bass
Kaveh Rastegar   Bass
My Brightest Diamond   Vocals
Gabe Noel   Cello
Jonathan Wilson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Whodini   Composer
Chris Connelly   Composer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Chris Bruce   Composer
Earl Harvin   Composer
Meshell Ndegeocello   Composer
Paul Hamann   Art Direction
Jebin Bruni   Composer,Programming
Secret Weapon   Executive Producer
Pete Min   Engineer
Smoke & Mirrors   Producer
Shara Worden   Composer
Elizabeth Lea   Composer
Kaveh Rastegar   Composer
Otto Hauser   Composer
Eric Elterman   Composer
Peter Davis   Composer
Sami Amatus   Composer
Gabe Noel   Composer
Kenneth Fearing   Composer
Tom Mediodia   Composer
Stacy-Ann Chin   Composer

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