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The references to self are clear and the weariness deeply intimate on Nina Simone's 'Fodder on My Wings' / Associated Press

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Nina Simone's "Fodder On My Wings" is an album of contrasts and extremes - personal traumas and world sounds, joy and despair, harmony and defiance, the carnal and the spiritual. Recorded in Paris in 1982, as Simone's enduring restlessness and creeping mental illness kept her life seemingly barely tethered to anything but her music, it's a considerable triumph of personality and genius.

"Fodder In Her Wings" appears to depersonalize the album title, but the references to self are clear and the weariness deeply intimate - "fodder in her wings" and "dust inside her brains" as "she flitted here and there." With an African-inspired introduction ceding to harpsichord and piano, her worlds appear together but separate. "Oh, how sad" - indeed.

"Fodder On My Wings" is not an album for casual listeners or day trippers but one which shows how clearly Simone could fold her inescapable anguish and raw honesty into her art.

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