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Album Review: Black Messiah | D’Angelo and The Vanguard

Black Messiah
BY VIKASH DASS 

For a long while, D’Angelo followed the critical praise and fan-driven buzz of his first two records Brown Sugar (1995) and Voodoo (2000) by plunging himself in complete darkness for almost fifteen years. Of course, the odd feature and collaboration would pop up during this time, but so would troubles with the law and ongoing battles within his own personal life. Even through all of this, there was ongoing chatter of a tentative third album that was closer and closer to being completed as the years passed by, which had details changing often whether it was rumors of Prince and Cee-Lo being involved, or even a working title of James River. Throughout this entire process, though, what materialized was a sonically unique and refined piece of work called Black Messiah, credited to D’Angelo and The Vanguard, the latter being his in-house band.

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