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Album Review

There are times on Me'Shell Ndegéocello's second album where the funky hybrid of R&B and alt-pop that she laid down on her 1993 debut, Plantation Lullabies, actually seems to take on an ethereal quality. Beats and grooves float effortlessly out of the fluid rhythms, and Ndegéocello herself sings with a soothing reserve that was a little too deliberate on her previous work. And it's a better album because of it. Peace Beyond Passion is built around a triumvirate of songs addressing man's inhumanity toward man throughout the ages (with such heavy-handed titles as "Deuteronomy: Niggerman" and "Leviticus: F****t"), but the real highlights of the set are a wry take on Bill Withers' "Who Is He and What Is He to You" and the ultra-smooth, slow-burning "Stay." It's new age soul that's as spiritually purifying as it is musically sophisticated.

Customer Reviews


I am in awww that no one had wrote a review on this album! BRILLIANT! To me, hands down the BADDEST female bass player on the planet!! Peace Beyond Passion is one of my favorite CD's ever! From start to finish, every track is awesome! Her lyrics/poetry is off the chain as always! Plus the thing i love about Me'Shell is that she dosen't stay in a box with her music! She does it all! With help from Wendy and Lisa(Prince and the Revolution), she pulls off a masterpiece! Youre gonna love this album! To the sick bassline of The Way(funkiest bassline i've heard in a while!) the funkiness/jazz vibe of Deuteronomy, the smoothness of Stay, and the sadness of Make Me Wanna Holler. You've gotta feel this record!


It amazes me that this album has so few reviews. I don't recall how I came across this musical magic but it is a mind blower. Incredible musicians, incredible music. It is too magical for words and it pains me to think that this music may not get the attention it deserves. Trust me, if you have not heard this album, buy it. It is beautiful on so many levels. I have concerns though that the iTunes download will not have the sonic quality that the CD has. Part of the beauty of this music is how beautiful and rich it sounds. iTunes does not provide the highest quality downloads at this time - hopefully soon though.

Perfect Chill.

I love this album. When I first bought it back in the 90's I wore the cd out. Super chill and slow burning.


Born: August 29, 1968 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Meshell Ndegeocello scored a few hits early in her career, the bassist, singer, and songwriter later opted to concentrate on more challenging material by exploring the politics of race and sex, among other topics. From her 1993 Maverick label debut through her releases of the 2010s for Naïve, she built a discography of recordings that defied classification through progressive mixtures of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and rock. Initially held in regard primarily for her bass playing and bold lyrics,...
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