Album review: 'Early,' by Georgia Anne Muldrow
Georgia Anne Muldrow has made a name for herself in the world of neo-soul, cultivating the same sort of "earth mother" image as Erykah Badu. She has also injected some of the same creativity Badu has shown over the years.
With that in mind, "Early" is a fairly grounded record for Muldrow and is actually just what its title implies, a set of early studio recordings. It employs modern production but never abandons smooth, piano-and-Rhodes-based R&B.
"Sunset" floats along beautifully, as Muldrow answers herself in a Greek soul chorus; "Alone with an Angel" is a spare shuffle full of warm vocal echoes; and "In Love Again" displays Muldrow's more-modern side with a loping beat and dissonant synths.
From the 70s-style opener, "Child of the Sun," to the muddled vocals of the closer, "Gears," Muldrow's early sessions show a potent soul singer on the verge of coming into her own.
"Early" will be released Nov. 17.