A sold-out crowd turned out Friday night for Part 1 of Maxwell’s two-night tour to Atlanta’s Philips Arena.
The first night featured eclectic songstress Erykah Badu, who had to start her set over after serious sound problems with her microphone during the opening song “20 Feet Tall” from her new album, the sonic “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh.”
For a while it seemed that Badu was in her own world, hardly connecting with the crowd that didn’t appear familiar with the material she was singing or its flow. Maybe it was the big top hat and the long, black double-breasted jacket that was creating the distraction or at least setting a tone that was certainly different from the lyrics spilling out of her mouth.
She looked like a British toy soldier, but she was singing about unrequited, addictive and desperate love. “I’d pray for you, crochet for you, Make it from scratch for you, Leave out the last for you,”