My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
At times, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging in the order of the book. That is the case here and this album has been selected randomly.
Brief Background: Mama’s Gun was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York over 1999 and 2000 and released in November of 2000. The album was recorded at the same time as D’Angelo’s Voodoo and with many of the same producers as well as musicians, giving the albums a similar sound.
What I think: This isn’t something I would listen to on my own, but I’ve really enjoyed the chance to hear it for this project. It’s one of those things that are the right album for the right time ecspecially after the bombast of Slade and Deep Purple. The album has a great soothing element to it despite some of the personal and emotional tension in it, and while everything here isn’t stellar, much of it is very good. Badu has a way of singing that acknowledges the difficulties in life, while making you feel that those difficulties will resolve themselves and everything will be alright. My two favorite tracks are the first track, “Penitentiary Philosophy” and the last, “Green Eyes”. The both just have a really epic feel to them and are able to sustain that feeling despite the long lengths of each of the tracks.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It can be a bit jarring doing an album out of order like I have, mostly because I feel like I have no context to go with it. It’s Almost like I skipped forward 25 years in real time. Despite that, this album does feel well deserved of its placement and has a great mood to it.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Mama’s Gun Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (197/259)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%