Meshell Ndegeocello probably knows the difficulty her audience has pronouncing her name. Maybe that’s why, on her latest album, Comet, Come To Me, she urges us: “if you love me, forget my name.”
You don’t need to know that her surname means “free as a bird” in Swahili to enjoy the rolling beauty of “Good Day Bad,” the third track from this consistently rewarding album. Ndegeocello murmurs:
I’m surprised every sunrise
The earth would have me back
Listen to it here, and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised.