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Black Messiah ends one of R&B's most mysterious disappearing acts, arriving almost 15 years after D'Angelo's sophomore full-length, Voodoo. Filled with fluid musicianship, political dissent, and bewitching production, Black Messiah is a mosaic of funky, rule-breaking neo-soul that's alternatively rebellious, sensual, and deeply spiritual. The serpentine melodies of D'Angelo's ‘90s work are here, but they’re pushed to an experimental edge by his aptly named band, The Vanguard ((which includes Roots drummer Questlove and jazz luminary Roy Hargrove). Soulful keyboards and richly layered vocal harmonies are at the core of the psych-funk of “Ain’t That Easy” and the piano-driven saunter of “Sugah Daddy,” which stand in contrast to guitar-spiked protest songs like “1000 Deaths” and “The Charade.”

Customer Reviews

WOW

This dude is pure genius, every song from beginning to the end is OUTSTANDING, seems like he never left, but I'm ecstatic that he is back!!!!

Fire!

This album has all the elements that I love about D'Angelo. From the music to lyrics it is pure genius!!!!

What an album!!

There's nothing like a solid album. Front to back it's amazing!

Biography

Born: February 11, 1974 in Richmond, VA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

D'Angelo was one of the founders and leading lights of the neo-soul movement of the mid- to late '90s, which aimed to bring the organic flavor of classic R&B back to the hip-hop age. Modeling himself on the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, D'Angelo's influences didn't just come across in his vocal style -- like most of those artists, he wrote his own material, and frequently produced it as well, helping to revive the concept of the R&B auteur. His debut...
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