Like everything, music is always essentially about love, death, or both.
Erykah Badu covered the dark side on the first part of this potential series of albums in 2008, when "New Amerykah: Part I (4th World War)" assumed a political, fierce stance against spaced out hip-hop and jittering beats.
"...Part II" is an altogether more personal and laidback affair, concerned with romance and emotions.
The word 'love' features heavily, in titles and in lyrics, and it seems to have relaxed her, though there are flashes of doubt that cut through the smoothness, particularly in "Loving Me"'s brief refrain: "You're loving me and I'm drinking your gin... and I'm f...ing your friends".
Badu she's packed her album with fantastic moments. Most notably, there's the weird and wonderful introduction to the opening "20 Feet Tall", the heady swirl of the 93-seconds interlude "Agitation" and the hypnotic backdrop to "Umm Hmm".
There isn't one truly great song, though "Window Seat" comes close.
All in all, it is her personal odyssey, fuelled by romance and relationships, assisted by a long list of hip-hop producers and pervaded by the whiff of incense - it's also the name of one of the periodic floaty Roy Ayers-style jazz excursions on harp and theremin.