Meshell Ndegeocello - Ventriloquism
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #123 / 404
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
2018 Ratings: #133
March 16, 2018 / Release Date
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Spectrum Culture

Ventriloquism is a thrill and a surprise, a set of 11 hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s that have been reimagined and turned inside out without losing the joy of the originals.

Slant Magazine

It turns commonly held conceptions of canon on their head, implicitly asks for a more inclusive understanding of song craft, and—most of all—celebrates a group of songs that resonate in a variety of contexts and arrangements.

The Independent
The results are frequently transformative, and always enjoyable.
For this creative all-covers set bearing an incompatible title, Ndegeocello concentrates on the era that birthed the Ready for the World and Whodini tracks -- the mid- to late '80s, primarily her late-teenage years -- with wistfulness applied only when the material calls for it.
No matter how you feel about cover albums, Ndegeocello's is worth hearing, not just because she's chosen such classic songs, but because of who she is and what she continues, album after album, to bring to the soundscape at large: something different, something of her own.
NOW Magazine

The greatest strength of the album is that you don’t think of the original artists while Ndegeocello is singing.  Some will feel she’s been reckless with beloved jams, others will fall in love with them all over again, and many will discover a new side of them even if they’ve heard the original a million times.


Tackling a range of R&B radio hits from the 1980s and 1990s, Meshell Ndegeocello treats the practice of covering another’s songs as an act of intimacy and empathy.


Sonically, Ventriloquism is risky. Ndegeocello's blend of funk, folk, bluegrass and soul forces you to forget what you know about the songs you hold dear and at times, it gets uncomfortable. But listen closely — there's a lot being said on this album in deceptively simple ways.

The Guardian
There is intention here, a subtle, transformative magic.
May 24, 2018
c'est doux, c'est bon
Apr 11, 2018
▲ I Wonder If I Take You Home, Don't Disturb This Groove, Private Dancer
Mar 20, 2018
This album had me groovin' while listening to a fucking TLC song without any sense of guilt, which I consider a significant accomplishment.
Mar 20, 2018
Highlight Nite and Day
Mar 18, 2018
I have not heard such an album like this, for a long time!

Minimalism, dry, dreamy album. Unique style in this "dark" times of trap.

Sensitivity, Sometimes It Snows in April <-- High Score.
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Track List
  1. I Wonder If I Take You Home
  2. Nite and Day
  3. Sometimes It Snows in April
  4. Waterfalls
  5. Atomic Dog 2017
  6. Sensitivity
  7. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)
  8. Tender Love
  9. Don't Disturb This Groove
  10. Private Dancer
  11. Smooth Operator
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Added on: January 16, 2018