Erykah Badu – Baduizm (LP)
Erykah Badu and her large turban appeared out of nowhere in early 1997, on a murmuring, romantic album that trod the median between old-school soul and contemporary R&B. Badu’s songs, especially the hit “On & On” and the catchy “Certainly”, recall Sade in their polished, subtle sexiness. Badu almost never raises her voice, save for the occasional exultation, instead she skilfully uses repetition and chanting to empower her words. Baduizm serves as a landmark album in the neo-soul genre, as it helped develop its popularity and commercial visibility at the time of the album’s release.