So we all just found out that D’Angelo is releasing his new album Black Messiah at midnight (update – it’s on iTunes now and it’s also streaming on Spotify). This is big news because:
A) This is a sudden announcement that I don’t think most people were aware of.
B) This is D’Angelo’s first album in almost 15 years.
D) For a while, we weren’t sure if a followup would actually happen.
Now in the past few weeks there have been some updates on the new album, most noticeably a confirmation that there was indeed an album to be released. But now we have a bombshell of an announcement that has made 2014 all the more epic.
For the longest time, it seemed that D’Angelo was turning into Axel Rose and would never follow up his classic album, an album that for many people was the defining moment of the neo-soul movement of the late 90s.
If you haven’t heard Voodoo yet, you really should do yourself a favor and listen (it really is that good). Here are some previous D’Angelo highlights to get you into the mood for Black Messiah.