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D'Angelo: Voodoo

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's Top 10 Albums of 2000.

Rolling Stone (2/3/00, pp.55-6) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...does for R&B what underground heads like Mos Def and The Roots do for hip-hop: They strip it down to just smarts, truth and beats. This is meant to be soul music that moves like smoke easing from a blunt....a superb smoke..."

Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's Top 10 Albums of 2000.

Rolling Stone (2/3/00, pp.55-6) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...does for R&B what underground heads like Mos Def and The Roots do for hip-hop: They strip it down to just smarts, truth and beats. This is meant to be soul music that moves like smoke easing from a blunt....a superb smoke..."

Spin (1/01, p.73) - Ranked #4 in Spin's "Top 20 Albums of the Year [2000]" - "...The year's best mood album - a retro future-gaze of 'chicken grease' funk, boho politicking, hip-hop badass and sexual healing..."

Spin (1/01, p.73) - Ranked #4 in Spin's "Top 20 Albums of the Year [2000]" - "...The year's best mood album - a retro future-gaze of 'chicken grease' funk, boho politicking, hip-hop badass and sexual healing..."

Entertainment Weekly (1/28/00, p.104) - "...an intimate jam session, each song bleeding into another....D'Angelo creates a stoned soul picnic bar none..." - Rating: A-

Entertainment Weekly (1/28/00, p.104) - "...an intimate jam session, each song bleeding into another....D'Angelo creates a stoned soul picnic bar none..." - Rating: A-

Q (3/00, p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...the kind of smoky grooves that could be expected of a Cheeba Sound release....In short, VOODOO has what so many modern r&b records lack: soul."

Q (3/00, p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...the kind of smoky grooves that could be expected of a Cheeba Sound release....In short, VOODOO has what so many modern r&b records lack: soul."

The Wire (1/01, p.34) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year" [2000].

The Wire (1/01, p.34) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year" [2000].

Muzik (1/00, p.105) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...confirms D'angelo as the male counterpart to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill....VOODOO truly warms your heart....the kind of artist who's destined to encourage a new generation of pre-eminent singers..."

Muzik (1/00, p.105) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...confirms D'angelo as the male counterpart to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill....VOODOO truly warms your heart....the kind of artist who's destined to encourage a new generation of pre-eminent singers..."

CMJ (1/24/00, p.23) - "...imbued with [his] trademark slippery soul...[boasting] more detailed production and jazzier underpinnings....VOODOO remians a stripped-down affair....[as] D'Angelo remains in a class by himself."

CMJ (1/24/00, p.23) - "...imbued with [his] trademark slippery soul...[boasting] more detailed production and jazzier underpinnings....VOODOO remians a stripped-down affair....[as] D'Angelo remains in a class by himself."

Down Beat (8/00, pp.72-3) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Transforms his sound into something strange and new, stripping down to the bare essentials of a beat and vocals....yielding a ritualistic sound..."

Down Beat (8/00, pp.72-3) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Transforms his sound into something strange and new, stripping down to the bare essentials of a beat and vocals....yielding a ritualistic sound..."

Vibe (12/99, pp.247-8) - "...the most daring song-oriented album by a mainstream R&B artist of his generation....defining himself as much by what his funk refuses to do as what it does to legitimately function in the post-James Brown continuum....refreshing..."

Vibe (12/99, pp.247-8) - "...the most daring song-oriented album by a mainstream R&B artist of his generation....defining himself as much by what his funk refuses to do as what it does to legitimately function in the post-James Brown continuum....refreshing..."

The Source (4/00, p.216) - "...D'Angelo has grown - lyrically and sonically....VOODOO is seamless - and just as perfectly raw...as a 90-minute jam session in a funky Brooklyn loft..."

The Source (4/00, p.216) - "...D'Angelo has grown - lyrically and sonically....VOODOO is seamless - and just as perfectly raw...as a 90-minute jam session in a funky Brooklyn loft..."

Melody Maker (2/22/00, p.47) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...a f***-that, noon-day sun, molasses-heavy crawl...full of people who can actually sing and play guitars and drums...and all the songs are about sagging....a fantastically and impressively skewed mindset."

Melody Maker (2/22/00, p.47) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...a f***-that, noon-day sun, molasses-heavy crawl...full of people who can actually sing and play guitars and drums...and all the songs are about sagging....a fantastically and impressively skewed mindset."

Billboard - "VOODOO is one of the few records associated with neo-soul that hold up outside of the period when that descriptor was popular."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.108) - "...THERE"S A RIOT GOIN' ON-period Sly Stone is the motivator on the opening track 'Playa Playa'....Eddie Kendricks' pipes, Prince's balladry, Stevie Wonder's drive and Gaye are all reference points on what, overall, is a darker, moodier record..."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.108) - "...THERE"S A RIOT GOIN' ON-period Sly Stone is the motivator on the opening track 'Playa Playa'....Eddie Kendricks' pipes, Prince's balladry, Stevie Wonder's drive and Gaye are all reference points on what, overall, is a darker, moodier record..."

NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 9 out of 10 - "...represents African American music at a crossroads....To simply call [it] neo-classical soul...would be [to] ignore the elements of vaudeville jazz, Memphis horns, ragtime blues, funk and bass grooves, not to mention hip-hop, that slip out of every pore of these haunted songs..."

NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 9 out of 10 - "...represents African American music at a crossroads....To simply call [it] neo-classical soul...would be [to] ignore the elements of vaudeville jazz, Memphis horns, ragtime blues, funk and bass grooves, not to mention hip-hop, that slip out of every pore of these haunted songs..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: D'Angelo (vocals, various instruments, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums); Method Man, Redman, Q Tip (vocals); Charlie Hunter, Raphael Saadiq (guitar, bass); C. Edward Alford, Mike Campbell (guitar); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn, horns); James Payser (keyboards); Pino Palladino (bass); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums); Giovanni Midalgo (congas); DJ Premier (programming).

Producers: D'Angelo, DJ Premier, Raphael Saadiq.

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York.

VOODOO won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The song was also nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Personnel includes: D'Angelo (vocals, various instruments, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums); Method Man, Redman, Q Tip (vocals); Charlie Hunter, Raphael Saadiq (guitar, bass); C. Edward Alford, Mike Campbell (guitar); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn, horns); James Payser (keyboards); Pino Palladino (bass); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums); Giovanni Midalgo (congas); DJ Premier (programming).

Producers: D'Angelo, DJ Premier, Raphael Saadiq.

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York.

VOODOO won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The song was also nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

When D'Angelo popped on the scene in '97 with his critical and commercial breakthrough BROWN SUGAR, he brought a gush of refreshing air to the musty world of soulful, sensual R&B. When VOODOO was released, little in the R&B world had changed, as the same stale, color-by-numbers vocals sung over the simplest of beats--ripped off from Teddy Riley or Timbaland--dominated the genre. But once again, the singer/songwriter (for that's what he is) dropped a dose of energy into the soul planet with his invigorating, jazzy, funky, constantly metamorphosing sophomore effort.

While much of VOODOO is not entirely original, D'Angelo does wear his influences on his sleeve, particularly those of Prince and Marvin Gaye. D'Angelo does so many things well that by the time he is finished, it's hard to question whether his sound is his own or an exacting mesh of all that's come before. Truly it doesn't matter, for VOODOO is so endearingly crafty and knee-weakeningly seductive, it's practically impossible to close your heart to it. From the free-jazzy, trippy old-school-dragged-through-the-blues muck of "Devil's Pie" to the straightforward torch singing of "Untitled," VOODOO mesmerizes and hypnotizes with soul both familiar and brand new. A tasty treat.



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