Peace Beyond Passion

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
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
AllMusic[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
The Guardian[3]
Los Angeles Times[4]
Muzik[5]
NME6/10[6]
Q[7]
Rolling Stone[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[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 No. 63 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and No. 15 on the Top 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 No. 15 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1996. The second single, a cover of "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" by Bill Withers, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart in November 1996 and No. 34 on the R&B singles chart. The album's third single, a remix of the ballad "Stay", peaked at No. 15 on the Dance Music/Club Play chart and No. 67 on the R&B singles chart.

The album was released on vinyl for the first time on June 12, 2021, as part of Record Store Day.

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.
  2. ^ Browne, David (July 12, 1996). "Peace Beyond Passion". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  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.
  5. ^ Jones, Bob (July 1996). "Me'shell Ndegeocello: Peace Beyond Passion (WEA)" (PDF). Muzik. No. 14. p. 141. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2022. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  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.
  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.
  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.

External links[edit]