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Meshell Ndegeocello, ‘The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams’ (Emarcy)

Sounding less like the jazz-funk chanteuse of old, Ndegeocello incorporates melodic post-punk à la TV on the Radio and channels Funkadelic’s acidic guitar on her seventh album. Along with songs from a 2006 EP, she furthers her lyrical and thematic focus on religion and sex in tunes like “Evolution” and “Virgo.” While guitarist Pat Metheny joins in on the subdued “Shirk” and the Bad Brains-y “Article 3,” the album works best when Ndegeocello, bass in hand, relentlessly attacks the groove on “Michelle Johnson” and “Solomon.”

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