Out of Town Sasha Frere-Jones on Erykah Badu at Radio City Music Hall Last Week
posted by May 15 at 13:14 PMon
Erykah Badu played Radio City Music Hall on Friday night… Instead of saying that Baduís performance will not be bettered any time soon (though it wonít), Iíll say that her show gave everyone in the house serious bragging rights. Dylan in 1965, Metallica in 1985, Bad Brains in 1981óit was one of those points on the arc. If you want to know who is at her peak, who is both of her moment and channelling so many forces that her work spills out over the edges of history and stops time, thatís Erykah Badu in 2008.
The whole review is here.
And, since we’re on the subject of Badu, here is possibly the best first sentence Charles Mudede’s ever written.