“May This Be Love” Me’shell Ndegeocello

Cover songs aren’t an exact science – should they be flattering imitations of the original or should they use the originals as starting points and go from there?  Were you not a Jimi Hendrix fan, you certainly wouldn’t notice that “May This Be Love” isn’t an Ndegeocello original, and that’s because, at the center of Bitter, the song fits gorgeously into the structure of the album – if not creating its beating heart.  She changes Hendrix’s words into the softest declaration ever spoken to a lover (literally, in a change made to the third verse – Jimi sang it, Me’shell whispers it), and you’ll be shocked that Jimi never thought of it himself.  The song is created by a string arrangement so unobtrusive and romantic, it’s as though the lyrics have been given a blanket to rest in, and that becomes the motif of the song – falling into the unknown and unconscious with someone you’re willing to fall with.  This nuzzling re-arrangement is a bed of feathers waiting to catch you.


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