Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pink Elephant's on parade


THE back story to neo soul singer N'Dambi is in evidence all over her second album, Pink Elephant.
Growing up in the forest with her friends Thumper and Flower, one winter's day while visiting the meadow with her mother, a chance encounter with a hunter left N'Dambi...
Oh wait, my mistake.
Actually, N'Dambi, real name Chonita Gilbert, grew up the daughter of two strict Baptist ministers, and added to this strong soul and gospel-only upbringing are clear hints of the 1970s funk she discovered and rebelled with.
The former Erykah Badu backing singer's collection of grooves may be missing enough hooks to really make it stick, but in terms of a feeling, Pink Elephant leaves the listener rosy.

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