Ndidi Onukwulu – “The Contradictor”

May 19, 2008

The blues may still be blue, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one should ignore any of the brighter colors.

Ndidi Onukwulu evokes quite a lot of encouragement on her sophomore album The Contradictor which is a fitting title to say the least. With uplifting and introspective lyrics combined with rich jazz-infused blues, Onukwulu’s music (and voice) is warm and inviting in way that might surprise some. Although, it’s not a happy-go-round all the way through.

There’s plenty of heartbreak in various forms, but the underlying tone is still hopeful. Just in the upbeat opening track “SK Final”, Ndidi sings how she refuses hurt over her departed lover again, while a blazing horn orchestra plays in the background as to root her on.

If you’re anything like me and usually avoid blues, then The Contradictor this is a great place to start. There are many other styles woven into the music without creating a cluster: rock, jazz, country, folk, and even a little bit of reggae. I wouldn’t call it a light-weight introduction to blues, but perhaps a good way to ease in those with an untrained ear or preconceptions about the genre. And Nididi’s rich voice is difficult to resist.

The Contradictor is set to be released June 17.

~“SK Final”~

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