Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, pp.76-77
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 2/20/97, pp.66-683.5 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Badu is from the Diana Ross school of Billie Holiday imitation...mainly interested in just being herself....BADUIZM's strength lies in her ability to filter jazz vocals through hip-hop without any fuss or fanfare..."
Spin - 1/98, p.87Ranked #12
on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."
Entertainment Weekly - 2/14/97, p.62
"...Badu's nouvelle-soul debut hits the target, blows it up, reinvents it. Sweetly cooing over Ron Carter's walking bass rhythms and the Roots' poetic wordplay, the singer echoes Lady Day--especially her phrasing and cadence..." - Rating: A
Q - 1/98, p.111
Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
Q - 4/97, p.1174 Stars (out of 5)
- "...a warm thoroughly idiosyncratic record which mixes jazz, soul and a slice or two of hip hop into a rich, smoky musical brew..."
Q - p.1324 stars out of 5
- "File next to D'Angelo or OutKast's Badu-featuring HUMBLE MUMBLE, under loaded-soul perfection."
Vibe - 3/97, p.133
"...BADUIZM is rooted in an old vocab....[It] serves as a conduit for an awakening of something dark, familiar, and long slept....Badu...reaches for the joyful, exacting vocal arrangements of the Sweet Inspirations and the Emotions..."
The Source - 3/97, p.126
"Erykah Badu redefines the word diva....She's replaced attitude with sass, and her sex appeal lies within her own private sensuality..."
Melody Maker - 12/20-27/97, pp.66-67Ranked #45
on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
Rap Pages - 4/97, p.79
"...What Erykah has accomplished is to set herself worlds apart from the universe of over-produced, honey-voiced, nothing-worthwhile-to-say fly girls..."
Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #7
in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Village Voice (2/18/97, pp.65-69) - "...sparklingly fresh....The last time a black woman came across in mainstream black pop as so nakedly her own creation and with so much creative control, her name was Sade..."
NME (Magazine) - 3/29/97, p.46
"...BADUIZM has a sophisticated running order, with reprises, lyrical motifs and a series of musical refrains. And refreshingly, this is probably the first rap-influenced record in which 'hoe' is a garden implement and not a term of disrespect."
Personnel: Erykah Badu (vocals, keyboards, programming); Madukwu, N'Dambi (vocals); Bob Power, Tone The Backbone (various instruments, programming); Ike Lee III (keyboards, programming); Ron Carter (bass); John Meredith (drum programming).
Producers include: Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Power, JaBorn Jamal, Ike Lee III, Erykah Badu.
Engineers include: Michael Gilbert, Chris Trevit, Bob Powers.
Recorded at Battery Studios, New York, New York; Dallas Sound Lab, Dallas, Texas; Sigma Sounds and Ivory Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Erykah Badu was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. BADUIZM won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "On & On" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and was nominated for Best R&B Song.
Personnel: Erykah Badu (vocals, keyboards, programming, drum programming, background vocals); Bob Power (guitar, keyboards, programming); Ike Lee III (keyboards, programming); Tone Da Backbone (programming); John Meredith (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Ken "Duro" Ifill; Tim Latham; Bob Power.
Recording information: Battery Studios, New York, NY; Dallas Sound Lab, Dallas, TX; Ivory Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Sigma Sounds, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographer: Marc Baptiste.
BADUIZM marks the debut of a true songstress, with a voice like Billie Holiday's and a style that crosses many boundaries. Erykah Badu has exceptional rhythm, character and vibe, and a songwriting style that should restore some life to modern R&B. From her groundbreaking single "On & On" to freestyle skits like "Afro", Badu separates herself from other '90 vocalists with a style that is as broad as it is original. It's also real: On "Next Lifetime" and "Certainly," Badu demonstrates a remarkable ability to turn life's experiences into beautiful songs.