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But You Caint Use My Phone (Explicit) Erykah Badu

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Why should musicians always sing about the same stuff? Erykah Badu releases a new mix-tape addressing only one topic: telephones.

Strange cover. An almost naked comic figure of Erykah Badu stares at us enticingly while using a Shiva-like forest of arms to offer us one of her many telephones. But the cover art to "But You Caint Use My Phone" isn't the only strange thing on the US American soul singer's album, wait till you hear the opener: for about a minute, there's not much but various telephone noises, a little heavy breathing, then a lot of confusion. Stick with it. Following a short word of introduction – where Erykah Badu greets us with the word "hello" about 80 times – then "But You Caint Use My Phone" really gets going. For example, "Cel U Lar Device" is a homage to the outstanding 1973 Hammond number "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas. Erica Abi Wright invites a number of guests to contribute to her latest mix-tape including her former partner André 3000 whose unmistakable voice graces "Hello". "But You Caint Use My Phone" is definitely an R&B and soul album from the other side of the tracks – but that's why we love Erykah, her twelve arms and everything she does with them.

Hans-Peter Ostermünchner | Dec 8, 2015
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