Album Review: Georgia Anne Muldrow Presents…Ms. One

...Ms. One

Georgia Anne Muldrow
Ms. One

Georgia Anne Muldrow feat. Jimetta RoseMy Life

“Ms. One” feeds listeners beats packed with heat, but leaves the balance uninspired.

As a vocalist, Georgia Anne Muldrow is respectable. As a beat-maker/musician the 25 year old California native is an unchained beast. Her musical style on this outing will have her name inevitably mentioned among the likes of Waajeed, Madlib and, the late James Yancey – not to insinuate biting, but to emphasize the weight of her sound.

Stylistically, “Ms. One” ranges from the boom-bip of “Divinely Free”, to the funk of “Mr. President”, on to the refreshing free jazz of “Turiya’s Smile”. A few tracks, such as “My Life” featuring Jimetta Rose (who comes across as a hybrid blend of Muhsinah+Tiombe Lockhart…to good effect), display lyrical depth and blissed-out harmonic arrangement that blend well with Ms. Muldrow’s tapestry.

Unfortunately, this is the exception, not the rule. Uninspired guest vocal performances sap the potential from the black-out worthy beats on this release. With the exception of the contributions made by the aforementioned, Dudley Perkins and Maryetta Moore, most of the vocal appearances sound mediocre, unrehearsed and amateur.

The track “Long Gone”, for example, with guest vocalist D-Moe, could be incredible, but, for some reason, the artist decided (and was allowed) to make random comments throughout the whole joint, taking away from the dark, bluesy vibe that could have easily been a standout track.

After hearing the album’s most heart-felt delivery, “Mr. President”, which is sung by Georgia herself, one must wonder if the lackluster vocal performances are due to a lack of maturity on the part of the producer, or rather, what I choose to believe, a record label fumble.

Props and respect definitely go out to Stones Throw Records for allowing their artists the freedom to wield their sonic experiments. However, this release had the potential of being next-level, yet falls short.

We can only hope Stones Throw will release this album in instrumental format to let the real star of the show…the beats…get their proper shine.