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Released: 19th March 2001.

Erykah Badu - Mama's GunErykah Badu has returned to the spotlight with a brilliant sophomore album in "Mama's Gun." Without over-styling her '20s swingin' Betty Boop character, Erykah is back for a set that reinforces her regal status as Queen of Soul.

Track highlights include the piano and strings led "My Life", "......And On" (playing on Badu's debut "On and On"), "Kiss Me On My Neck," the 10 minute, three-part, "Green Eyes" and the first single,"'Bag Lady," which Erykah shines on.

The absolute outstanding track, however, would have to be the rootsy reggae-blues of "In Love With You," which is a duet with Stephen Marley. Perhaps a strong contender for soul music album of the year?

* * * * (Lachlan Sutherland)

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