After listening to D’Angelo’s first studio album in 15 years I realized just how much I missed Mr. Michael Archer. Not in an out of sight, out of mind and then someone jogs my memory, kind of way. More like an I’m missing a good friend kind of way.
But D’Angelo is back with a vengeance, almost like he never left. He is still Prince’s number one fan, singing in a falsetto reminiscent of the purple one; while giving a Purple Rain-ish type of vibe, which isn’t a bad thing. I mean of all the musicians to idolize, you can do a lot worse than Prince.
The only thing that is conventional about this album, is how he went the Beyonce route (sort of) of dropping an album with little to no notice or promotion beforehand. But like I said that’s where the conventional ends.
And in true D’Angelo fashion, he strays from the norm on this album. Seriously, not only does this album not sound like anything on top 40 radio stations, it doesn’t sound like the contemporary radio sounding albums of other R&B artists like Tank and Joe.
No, with this album, much like Voodoo, you can expect the unexpected. Whereas, Voodoo was a hit album, without a true first radio single, at least in the classic sense. Black Messiah follows in the same vein. So much in fact, some of the songs sound like they could’ve either been Voodoo throwaways, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Or, they were recorded around the same time period.
If the latter is true, it begs the questions, just what the hell was this nigga doing for the past 15 years? And where the hell was he?
Again, I like Black Messiah; I think it’s a breath of fresh air, especially in today’s musical climate. But I won’t go so far to say that it’s the best thing, since slice bread, like some of D’Angelo’s peers.
Other artists such as ?love (who worked on the album), 9th Wonder and Rhapsody to name a few, all appeared on my time line, proclaiming the album to be the best things since breathing. Rather than saying it’s the religion changing album, that I expected, I’ll say it’s the best thing that’s out now.
But again, the musical similarities of Black Messiah to Voodoo doesn’t take away from the album, it actually adds to the greatness of it. Reminding us of what good music sounds like, with an updated twist. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?
In all I can say that Black Messiah is definitely worth the wait. If you like Voodoo, I’m sure you are going to like this new album.
What do you think? Have you listened to it yet? Did you like it? If not, why?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.