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Five years after BROWN SUGAR signaled a break from urban radio's R&B by-the-numbers, Michael D'Angelo Archer returns with another dose of deep soul and musical VOODOO. Like its predecessor, VOODOO is confident, not cocksure; seductive without being lascivious; musicianly, not merely production-savvy. Unlike many neo-soul artists, D'Angelo does not draw his primary inspiration from hip-hop. Instead, the Virginia native's lean production aesthetic and overall soul vibe are informed more by his obvious admiration of '70s innovators (Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes) and the modern soul of Prince. D'Angelo pays tribute with a sultry remake of the Roberta Flack hit "Feel Like Makin' Luv" and with the seductive pauses and behind-the-beat phrasing that are as essential to his sound as his avoidance of samples. Working with a live band, D'Angelo kicks it with musicians who understand the flexibility of the groove, assembling such heavyweights as jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who cowrote "Spanish Joint," and Roots drummer ?uestlove. D'Angelo imitates no one, however: VOODOO is a statement of maturity and responsibility (the blues-drenched "Send It On" is a message to his son); of mischief ("Playa Playa" and "Left & Right," with Method Man and Redman); of keeping it straight ("Great Day in the Morning"); and, finally, on the hot single "Untitled," of keeping it true, which D'Angelo very definitely does.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0724352337323
catalogNumber: 5233732
Rank: 22529

Album Credits

Performance Credits

D'Angelo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Mike Campbell   Guitar (Baritone)
Eddie Alford   Guitar (Baritone)
Charlie Hunter   Bass Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Pino Palladino   Bass
James Poyser   Keyboards
Q-Tip   Percussion,Vocals
Method Man   Track Performer
Raphael Saadiq   Guitar (Baritone)
Fat Joe   Track Performer
?uestlove   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

D'Angelo   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
DJ Premier   Programming,Producer
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Arranger,Producer
?uestlove   Composer
Dominique Trenier   Executive Producer

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