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Worldwide Underground, the third studio album from nu-soul pioneer Erykah Badu, is both a marvel of jazz smooth sensuality and misguided genius. Without question, Badu was—and clearly still is—an original; her 1997 debut album Baduizm, a rich and unexpected fusion of soul, jazz and rootsy hip-hop, paved the way for Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, India Arie, Macy Gray and Alicia Keys.
However, as with her last album, Mama’s Gun, it’s her pioneering spirit that’s actually Worldwide Underground’s stumbling block. The gorgeous “I Want You”…