Since leaving disco-funk trio Labelle in the late '70s, Nona Hendryx's career has exemplified the axiom "the road less traveled." While her bandmate Patti LaBelle became a quiet storm superstar, Hendryx has worked with fellow eccentrics like David Byrne, Bill Laswell's Material and Bernie Worrell. Another curveball, Mutatis Mutandis is a series of invectives against the country's wealthiest one percent ("Mad As Hell, Pt. 1"), Rush Limbaugh and the "Tea Party," while offering motherly advice to "Black Boys." Hendryx sounds both didactic and impassioned on this topical funk-rock opus.