Peace Beyond Passion

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Peace Beyond Passion
Peace Beyond Passion album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1996
Recorded1995 – 1996
StudioAlpha Studios, Conway Studios, David Gamson Studios, Ocean Way, RPM Studios, The Sound Factory
Genre
Length59:10
LabelMaverick
ProducerDavid Gamson
Me'shell Ndegeocello chronology
Plantation Lullabies
(1993)
Peace Beyond Passion
(1996)
Bitter
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
The Guardian5/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[4]
Muzik5/5[5]
NME6/10[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceB+[10]

Peace Beyond Passion is the second studio album by American musician Me'shell Ndegeocello, released on June 25, 1996, on Maverick Records. The album peaked at #63 on the Billboard Top 200 list and at #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart in 1996. It went on to become Ndegeocello's most commercially successful album. Widely acclaimed at the time of its release, the album received numerous awards and accolades including a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 39th Grammy Awards in 1997.

The first single, "Leviticus: Faggot" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in 1996. The second single, a cover of "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" by Bill Withers, reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in November 1996 and #34 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The third single, a remix of the ballad "Stay", 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

Personnel[edit]

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

Production
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "Peace Beyond Passion – Meshell Ndegeocello". AllMusic. Retrieved April 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Browne, David (July 12, 1996). "Peace Beyond Passion". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Wells, Chris (June 7, 1996). "CD of the week: Me'shell Ndegeocello". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Hilburn, Robert (June 23, 1996). "'Passion' Comes Through". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Jones, Bob (July 1996). "Me'shell Ndegeocello: Peace Beyond Passion (WEA)". Muzik. No. 14. p. 141.
  6. ^ Fortnam, Ian (June 22, 1996). "Me'shell Ndegeocello – Peace Beyond Passion". NME. p. 50. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved April 26, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Me'shell Ndegeocello: Peace Beyond Passion". Q. No. 118. July 1996. p. 120.
  8. ^ Hardy, Ernest (July 11, 1996). "Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Peace Beyond Passion". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Himes, Geoff (2004). "Meshell Ndegeocello". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 571. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 23, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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