Cody Chesnutt, My Love Divine Degree
Atlanta-based Cody Chesnutt is the kind of artist who frustrates and fascinates — in equal measure — both critics and fans. His 2002 debut, The Headphone Masterpiece
, roundly praised for its quality, was all the more remarkable for having been a lo-fi, one-man-band project. But Chesnutt would renounce many of the disc’s (arguably) sexist lyrics and points of view. The neo-soul/rock/r&b artist then went to ground for a decade before returning with the more mature — and musically superior — Landing on a Hundred
. With that set, it seemed he had arrived. But five more years would pass before My Love Divine Degree
. Deeply textured, idiosyncratic and less than immediate, the disc requires repeated listens to fully appreciate its virtues. Chesnutt’s music is informed by a wide array of styles, from reggae to hip-hop to gospel, but the alluring music he creates sounds like no one else.
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