In early February Esperanza Spalding gave us a clue about what to expect on her upcoming album, which officially comes out March 20, through the song and video for “Black Gold.” Thank goodness for her growing popularity recent years; without the attention she’s been getting from the mainstream media since her 2011 Grammy win we might be deprived of sneak peeks like this one from NPR.

Spalding’s new album, Radio Music Society, seems to recognize that it’s highly anticipated and offers a little something for everyone. Although Spalding is a jazz-trained singer and bassist, these collection of songs seems decidedly pop — it includes a cover of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It” and a few tracks produced by A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, but also boasts Afro-Latin grooves and of course, a jazzy sound.

Check out Radio Music Society in full and let us know what you think. Is it what you expected from Esperanza Spalding?

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  • Freebee33

    Yes, I love her music!

  • I preordered “Radio Music Society”- as well as Robert Glasper’s “Black Radio”. I had to have these- even if they are coming out within a week of each other.

  • T.

    One of her previous albums was called “Chamber Music Society”, so I think that calling this one “Radio Music Society” is a follow-up on that, with the implication that the music is a bit more mainstream/radio-friendly. Which probably accounts for the pop inflections. I loved “Chamber Music Society”, and I loved “Black Gold”, so I will definitely be buying this album.

  • JS

    This album is exactly what I would have wished for from Esperanza. Black Gold is our family’s New National Anthem :)

    So MUCH great music for 2012: Robert Glasper, Nneka, Shafiq Husayn, possibly De La Soul…..that’s not even counting the “underground” artists.