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Nina Simone's new reanimation of 1982 LP: 'Fodder on My Wings' is an odd and beautiful surprise / FLOOD MAGAZINE

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Its freshly re-tuned sound is as boldly eccentric as the haunted Simone's well-heeled frustrations. Its added tracks are all contextual red meat-no gristle or fat. And its re-release, in this fashion, closes a gap that never quite sat well with lovers of the Nina canon. 

Recorded in Paris with a small instrumental outfit of singing rhythm players (bassist Sylvin Marc, percussionists Paco Sery and Sydney Thaim) and produced with Giancarlo Cerri and Yves Chamberland, Simone played piano and harpsichord, arranged her own soulful compositions, and morphed the stately sound of her classical studies in Philadelphia past with her then-current travels through Europe and the Caribbean-and of course, the blues. Living her best and freest life, Fodder was truly her declaration of independence, of no compromise. And her actor-ish voice-often gruff, often silken, always bruised and doubly proud-is the whispered, cackled, crooned, and howling amplification of such freedom.

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