Is it your favourite album?
Love the bass playing and sound so much. Love the little intricacies in the drums/percussion. Love how it has room to breath and songs that would be considered too long in other hands prove to be just right. And of course d'angelos voice.
i didn't realise Charlie Hunter was playing on this until quite recently. The boy definitely knows his way around a guitar
can't get enough of the grooves in this, the slow release, subtle hooks keep dragging me back. So many classic tunes..
hey you, looking at this thread. Give Voodoo a listen right now. If you're not completely satisfied i'll refund your expenditure
Left & Right just came up on a playlist I was listening to, what a jam. I've heard rumours that 2011 might be the year that he finally releases a follow up, but I'm not holding my breath
but for me the album really comes together after the first few songs, jam after motherloving jam
the other thing to say about this record is that there's nothing else out there that sounds quite like it. The slo-mo boom baps, oceanic bass and jazzy filigrees, all with about a dozen D'Angelos singing at you at once. Nothing i've heard in the nu-soul genre (or any) comes close to matching the sensuality or depth of the sound. It's just so easy to get lost in
He's sitting atop a mountain of cocaine and his brain has melted all the way through. Sucks, but that's what happens.
but not even close
not even close.
And I too like Brown Sugar. Voodoo is just something special; its not just a collection of solid r&b cuts, its a movement of woven textures and churning intimacies. I dont have any other album in my collection that fits every situation like it does. Ive listened to it; at work, at the beach, while making love, in the summer, in the winter, playing billiards with friends, after a breakup, on first dates, etc. It fit every mood and experience perfectly.
These songs arent going to jump out at you like the ones on Brown Sugar might, they aren't as immediate (barring Devils Pie). But if you give them *root, they will grow on you and all the subtleties and nuances will unfold in your ears, and the real magic of the album will become apparent.
The Root is a classic example of this, the chorus line/riff keeps pulling away from you. If you're not taking notice it just washes over you, until the end when it rises and pushes itself to the front. Fucking crescendo man
in the name of love n war took my shield and sword
til the end of all tiiiiime
heard it for the first time quite recently. always assumed it was something only girls could like
that comment was pretty tongue-in-cheek, cause the only thing I knew about the album when it came out and I was ten years old was this image..
definite issue. if you left voodoo lying around your room you might have to explain it to curious houseguests with a shirtless d'angelo peering out at you.
if not you probably would.
i got into d'angelo through badu, i love me some badu
they were all part of a collective in a way, ?uestlove drums on most of the stuff, read a good article about it all a while back online
im now gay
but it made me sexually aroused, which complicates my life in ways it needn't be complicated
desperately awaiting his return...
Here is a raw demo version of him covering Black Hole Sun:
Sounds really similar to the approach on Voodoo, which I'm surprised by. Having said that, it's very raw and could have been recorded at any point in the last 5 years or so...
Still excited by the prospect of anything coming out properly from him.
I read something recently where Questlove was saying there's going to be a new D'Angelo album out this year? Or something like that...
He also said it was going to be absolutely incredible.
Think it was on pitchfork or something. Basically said that it's 99% finished and will be done when D'Angelo just decides to walk away from it. Any other word on dates for the uk?
as might already have been reported. with full live band. seems to have been really badly promoted but one's sold out already.
The flyposter(s) I saw in Herne Hill all said Feb 2011 on them.
It's £40+ to go.
Half that, add a bit, and I'm there...
But not at that price.
Why did it take me so long to discover this?
'Feel Like Makin' Love' is my current favourite. But to be honest my favourite changes daily at the minute.
SO EXCITED FOR POTENTIAL NEW ALBUM. Seriously.
Im gonna stick to my guuuuu-uns
I'm gonna put my finger on the trigger... Im gonna pull it... then we gon' see, what the deeeeeeeal.
Im for real.
I woulda thought you would be all over this!
but not my favourite album ever! Sorry smez.
but not like massively hugely keen on the rest.
Does this make me one of the worst kind of people?
I tell you what though, its one of those albums that takes time to set its hooks in you. I loved Untitled and thats why I bought it when it came out but it took years and listening to it in different scenarios and changes of context for it to become what it is to me now.
i bought it after d'bag made this thread, meant it as a sort of gateway r'n'b album (after i'd bought and loved How to Dress Well's LP). I did figure that it just sort of takes time to get into a genre that i'm massively unfamiliar with in terms of aesthetic and everything.
Think i'll put it on again tonight.
like dbag says upthread, is that theres nothing really quite like it, and he's dead on. Its not really a classic soul album cos there's too much hip-hop to it, its not really a modern r&b album cos theres too much funk/rock to it and its not really a funk/rock album cos its a little too subdued and intricate.
So as far as it being a good gateway to modernish r&b, I'm not so sure its the way to go? I might try out either of The-Dream's first 2 albums or like maybe R. Kelly self-titled or something. Its kind of weird having people come at R&B from the How To Dress Well/The Weeknd angle cos even though its kind of similar, it feels worlds apart to me, and I don't really have a go-to place to point them to from there. I came at r&b from the hip-hop side in the 90s, which is a very natural transition, but most people now are coming at it from the indie/rock side so the pallets are so different.
what d'you think of the sort of indie-r&b artists btw? Just wondering cos indie re-appropriation of other genres tends to go down pretty badly amongst original fans of those genres (see: that John Talabot thread for something at least recognisably similar).
i decided to put on voodoo after this thread got bumped and it got me in the mood for R. which is another sprawling r&b album. i can't pretend it's amazing right to the bitter end but for the most part, it's so relaxed and fun. it's all about the grooves and it's this good compromise between his out-there batshit stuff and his earlier jams. disc 1 especially.
that surrounds it. The 'intelligent' or 'more creative' tags that follow are ridiculous so I have to kind of combat those urges to just stick my heels in and fight it to death. I like maybe 3 songs by Weeeknd and didn't like the HTDW album at all.
Needs to be in this thread though, good call. Band is so good, Chris Dave on the drums and Pino on the bass, this album is gonna slay isn't it.
Heard some Prince-in-his-prime comparisons to the Frank Ocean album and I had to laugh, however, this new D song is very Prince-esque.
I see the Prince comparisons. I love how the new song seems to have gone down the Voodoo route too, pure funk and soul. I don't think i've been this excited about an album since, well, forever.
It's definitely claimed my 'Favourite Album Ever' spot in the last few months. Actually getting to the point where it seems like a chore to listen to something else haha.
I can see it being an album that I can just let wash over me whilst I'm doing something else, I can also see it being one that I can focus on and listen to properly once I get to know it properly.
It's funky to an extent where I'll feel self-conscious listening to it :D
(I miss Red & Meth being good and tag-teaming all over anything and everything)