Georgia Anne Muldrow, 'Umsindo' (SomeOthaShip/E1)

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Umsindo
Critical Mass
Label: Someothaship Connect/E1

by Mosi Reeves

No current musician can write an introspective spiritual like Georgia Anne Muldrow, and her influence on Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and many others proves she's on the cusp of becoming a major artist. But she's a maddening visionary, committed to free-form improvisational soul. The result is her latest in a series of messily revelatory releases. Inspired by African culture (umsindo means "sound" in Zulu), she meanders through keyboard funk and chatty, stream-of-consciousness lyrics, soaring on "Roses," "So Far," and "Kids," but waxing self-indulgently on "Uhuru Flight." Muldrow has the potential to deliver a memorable collection of songs, but here she's too busy having a "Fonky Day" to get it together.

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