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15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here are 15 albums that are often overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.

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Meshell Ndegeocello's 'Ventriloquism' Shows She Can Play Any Song and Stay True to Herself

On Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello covers classics and stays true to her superb artistic sensibilities.

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Meshell Ndegeocello: Comet, Come to Me

Ndegeocello returns with her 11th studio album, which is a minimalist album that will leave you wondering what could have been if more was layered onto these fairly bare bones.

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Meshell Ndegeocello - "Conviction" (audio)

Meshell Ndegeocello's newest track from her forthcoming album Comet, Come to Me is one of the best she's delivered since she jumped ship from Madonna's Maverick label.

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Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico

An event along the (very blurry) borderline of populism and critical acclaim.

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Robert Glasper Experiment: 29 February 2012 - New York

The Robert Glasper Experiment yielded to overwhelming demand by adding this second album release show.

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A Joy to Experience: Neo-Soul Singer Bilal Oliver

Bilal Oliver belongs to an elite class of late '90s Neo-Soul singers, but his guest appearances may be the true gems of his career.

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Miguel Migs: Outside the Skyline

Miguel Migs, better known as a house DJ and remix artist than a producer of his own material, releases a smooth, slightly better-than-average full-production album in his signature Naked Music style.

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Hip-Hop Storytellers: The Heist Motif

Bluster and bravado are considered par for the course in hip-hop, but rappers adopt cunning personas to tell stories of money, power, and respect.

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Running the Voodoo Down: An Interview with Meshell Ndegeocello

With a new understanding of herself (and a new album to go with), the innovative singer Meshell Ndegeocello freely talks about some of her controversial lyrics, her deepest inspirations, and how she's reached a point where she doesn't need to prove anything anymore ...

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Meshell Ndegeocello: 6 October 2009 - New York

It feels like Ndegeocello is treating us audience members like adults-she respects us far too much to withhold the ugly truths, or to censor her interpretations of them.

David Abravanel
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Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Meshell Ndegeocello

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Meshell Ndegeocello: The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams

The iconoclastic bassist/singer/songwriter returns with her most complete, accessible and daring recording in a decade.

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Me'Shell Ndegeocello: The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidels

This is a jazz album, essentially, from the most adventurous artist in all of American R&B, but one that strains successfully even against the notoriously wide boundaries of jazz.

Will Layman
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Paul Justman's 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown' aims to recover the Funk Brothers' legacy.

Cynthia Fuchs

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