Erykah Badu, "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh"

81 Billboard Rating

While Erykah Badu's 2008 album "New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War" was more socially and politically driven, her fifth studio release, "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," finds the singer delivering no-holds-barred lyrics about lovemaking, love longing and, at times, love lost. But this doesn't mean Badu is made completely limp by the emotion: On "Fall in Love," she candidly warns potential lovers, "You're loving me and I'm driving your Benz/ You're loving me and I'm fucking your friends." Conversely, over keyboard riffs on the 9th Wonder-produced "20 Feet Tall," Badu asks, "What did I do to make you fall so far from me?" And on "Out of My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)," the singer confesses, "I am a recovering undercover over-lover/Recovering from a love I can't get over/And now my lover thinks he wants another." Aside from exhibiting punch-drunk love behavior on "Part Two," Badu taps into her inner B-girl, paying homage to the late Notorious B.I.G. on "Get Money."

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