When last we saw Oakland singer Goapele--back in 2005--she was a socially-conscious neo-soul hippie, surrounded by fairytale-esque flowers and rainbows on the cover of her second album Change It All.
Her music ranged from Lynda Perry-penned romantic ballads ("Dark Side of the Moon") to hyphy love songs ("Different," with Clyde Carson) to retro-80s rave-ups ("Love Me Right") to syrupy duets with Dwele ("You") to subtle rabble-rousing ditties ("Change It All," "Find A Way").
It was an ambitious effort, one that was either not trendy/sexy enough for mainstream tastes, or severely underpromoted by her then-label, Sony/Columbia (depending on your perspective).
What a difference four years makes. Goapele's new video for "Milk and Honey," not only crushes the notion of her as cute but conservative--she's depicted, somewhat seductively, lounging in a bathtub, intercut with images of dripping milk and churning honey--but processes her vocals through a T-Pain-esque AutoTuner.