By refusing to adhere to any one musical style, Meshell Ndegeocello has become one of the most misunderstood artists of her generation.

By refusing to adhere to any one musical style, Meshell Ndegeocello has become one of the most misunderstood artists of her generation. While "Comfort Woman" is not as experimental as the artist's last set, "Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape," it does beautifully intertwine elements of rock, soul, jazz and dub. Some songs—the dreamy "Andromeda & the Milky Way" and the three different takes of "Love Song"—fondly recall the sensual side of Ndegeocello's debut album, "Plantation Lullabies." The lyrically smart and aware, Sly & Robbie-inflected "Fellowship" finds Ndegeocello paying homage to the Bob Marley & the Wailers classic "Get Up, Stand Up." Other choice cuts include "Liliquoi Moon" and "Come Smoke My Herb." Comfort from a woman, indeed.—MP