Voodoo Explicit Lyrics
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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, January 25, 2000
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Halfway through the languid midtempo ballad "Send It On" from D'Angelo's new sophomore effort, Voodoo, the young retro-soul maestro and band shift tempo and melody. It's a move so understatedly dramatic that it elicits comparisons not just to obvious touchstones Marvin Gaye and Al Green, but to the Jimi Hendrix of Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland. While Voodoo is hardly in a league with such major statements, it's a record inviting enough to attract repeated plays of its 78-minute length. As on his 1995 debut, Brown Sugar, D'Angelo covers a wide range of concerns--sex, home cooking, the destructive side of current street life--in a deceptively offhand manner. But he's a crafty craftsman: even a throwaway workout like "Chicken Grease" is blessed not only with a slinky groove and a guitar lick that deserves to be called just that, but bursts of Gaye-style vocal harmonies; the whole track, for all its retro flavor, ends up sounding like nothing else around. Throw in the blasts of anger that fire "Devil's Pie," the restatement of Bono's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" in "Greatdayindamornin'," and the complete takeover of Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love," and Voodoo proves one jam that was well worth the nearly five-year wait. --Rickey Wright
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Only criticism I have is that the first few tracks are the only weak ones on the album and lead to a slower start than I would like. Oh well, just hit "random play" on your CD to take care of this.
D'ANGELO SINGS IN THE BACK ROUND AND UP FRONT LIKE AN ORCHESTRA. IF YOU LISTEN, HE POURS HIM SELF OUT INTO EVERY SONG. HE IS POISED IN THE WAY HE BRINGS HIS SOUND ACROSS. HE DOESN'T CARE IF YOU HEAR IT OR NOT, OR EVEN IF YOU CATCH WHAT HE'S DOING WITH THE MUSIC. HE DOESN'T YELL IT OUT LIKE BEYONCE. HE JUST FLOWS, YOU KNOW?