Peace Beyond Passion

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Peace Beyond Passion
Peace Beyond Passion album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1996
Recorded1995 - 1996
ProducerDavid Gamson
Me'shell Ndegeocello chronology
Plantation Lullabies
Peace Beyond Passion
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Daily News3/4 stars [2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+ [3]
NME(6/10) [4]
Q3/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [5]
The Village VoiceB+[6]

Peace Beyond Passion is an album by Me'shell Ndegeocello. It was released on June 25, 1996, on Maverick Records. The album peaked at #63 on the Billboard Top 200 list in 1996. The album also peaked at #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It went on to become Me'shell's most commercially successful album. The album was positively received by music critics. The album was also nominated for the 'Best R&B Album' Grammy Award in 1997.

The first single "Leviticus: Faggot" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in 1996. The music video was positively received on R&B outlets, despite its heavy storyline.

The second single and the biggest hit from the album was a Bill Withers' cover "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?". The single reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in November 1996, as well as peaking at #34 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

The third and final single was a remixed version of the ballad "Stay", which peaked at #15 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart and #67 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Me'shell Ndegéocello, except where noted.

  1. "The Womb" – 1:25
  2. "The Way" – 4:58
  3. "Deuteronomy: Niggerman" – 4:01
  4. "Ecclesiastes: Free My Heart" (Ndegéocello, Torri Ruffin) – 5:22
  5. "Leviticus: Faggot" – 6:08
  6. "Mary Magdalene" – 5:51
  7. "God Shiva" (Ndegéocello, Wendy Melvoin) – 4:09
  8. "Who Is He and What Is He to You" (Bill Withers, Stan McKinney) – 4:49
  9. "Stay" – 4:30
  10. "Bittersweet" – 5:17
  11. "A Tear and a Smile" – 3:49
  12. "Make Me Wanna Holler" (Ndegéocello, Federico González Peña, Melvin Ragin, Marvin Gaye, James Nyx) – 8:51


Arranged by David Gamson and Me'Shell Ndegéocello
Vocals arranged by David Gamson
String arrangements for tracks #5, 8 an 11 by Paul Riser

  • Produced by David Gamson
  • Recording engineer – Rail Jon Rogut
  • Additional engineering – David Gamson and Charles Nasser
  • Recording engineer for track #4 – Mike Krowiak, assisted by Suzanne Dyer
  • Mixing – Bob Power
  • Mastering – Tom Coyne
  • Gregory-Trevor Gilmer – art direction
  • Guzman (Constance Hansen & Russell Peacock) – photography


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