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'Fodder on My Wings' is an 'intimate and immense portrait of Nina Simone / Pitchfork

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Long considered an outlier in her catalog, Nina Simone's newly reissued 1982 album is an intimate and immense portrait, a culmination of Nina Simone's frustrations molded into a jarring personal statement.

"I'll tell you what freedom is to me," Nina Simone once said: "No fear." If many of the most important records of the soul icon's career were about political freedom, her 1982 album Fodder on My Wings, newly reissued, was about personal freedom-about liberating herself from her past and finding the liberty to create as she pleased. It was Simone's means of working through fear-of death, manipulation, discrimination-in search of joy and self-discovery.

A marvel of self-expression, Fodder on My Wings is a culmination of Simone's frustrations molded into a jarring personal statement. At times manic, at times depressive, she shares many different sides of herself in vignettes that make up a portrait both intimate and immense. Although it does not achieve the unrivaled brilliance of the performances on her albums for Philips, it marks her creative apex as an artist, somehow both her most worldly and her most introspective work.

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