D’Angelo and his band The Vanguard dropped an album at midnight with very little notice. The album is called Black Messiah. It was a very pleasant surprise and a great way to end the year.
If you have been a D’Angelo fan, you will not be disappointed. It brings his signature blues and funk. It is vintage D’Angelo backed by a great band. It’s definitely reminiscent of Brown Sugar, as well as some classic Prince.
In a pamphlet released at the listening party D’Angelo said, “Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood. 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. It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community had enough and decides to make change happen. It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Black Messiah is not one man. It’s a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader.”
It definitely provides some great marching music. It had me turnt up late into the night. All I could think was that I have to see them perform these songs live. They will absolutely blow the roof off with this record.
The lead single, which has been released to radio today, is called “Sugah Daddy”. It is the song that D’Angelo performed at the BET awards a few years back. If it is absolutely funk, with a lot of piano and horns. You will definitely do a lot of bopping and 2 stepping to it.
I don’t even really want to pick out songs to highlight. It is just a great complete work. The whole collection of songs rolls together so beautifully. Ain’t That Easy and Really Love are some great love songs. Sugah Daddy and Back To The Future are some great records to snap your fingers and bop along to. There is some great lyrical content, especially Till It’s Done (Tutu). But I will say I am in love with Another Life. It is just awesome. I could really rave about all of the songs. Just put the album on and let it ride.
Absolutely spend your money on this album. You need this album in your collection. Definitely ending the year on a high note. I already know that I will have Black Messiah on repeat for quite some time. Start to finish. It was definitely worth the wait. My only issue is that it is only 12 songs. Get one for yourself and your mama and aunties. Shout out to D’Angelo and The Vanguard. Y’all killed it!
Below is the lead single, Sugah Daddy: