D'Angelo made fans wait 14 years for his new album, and the consensus among critics and fans is...it was worth it. Just days after announcing a new record was in the works, D'Angelo and the Vanguard hosted a listening session for Black Messiah on Sunday afternoon, then made the project available on iTunes at midnight.
He says about the album's title, "For me, the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest."
The lead single off the album, "Sugah Daddy," was released hours before the full album and made it clear the soul prodigy can still bring it with his sultry voice and funk-jazz sound. Black Messiah, meanwhile, is a welcome December surprise in the spirit of Beyoncé's self-titled release, which came out without warning almost one year to the day.
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