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Black Messiah

D'Angelo And The Vanguard

Black Messiah

Third studio album and first for fourteen years from the Richmond, Virginia, neo soul / funk multi-instrumentalist and record producer

ADM rating[?]

9.1

Label
RCA
UK Release date
15/12/2014
US Release date
15/12/2014
  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Black Messiah confirms that music holds the power to challenge and comfort, to take us someplace spiritual, political, and existential. It’s beautifully, devastatingly human
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  2. 10.0 |   Exclaim

    It is masterful, it is heartening and it represents today's best from an R&B/soul perspective. Black Messiah has come and we weren't ready
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  3. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The liner notes say, “For best results, listen at maximum volume.” It’s the most useful advice I’ve received all year
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  4. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is one of the greatest vocalists of his generation absolutely at the peak of his powers
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  5. 10.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album would be vital in any time, but in 2014, it's downright restorative
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  6. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    D’angelo’s music is soul against evil. Murder, racism, violence, oppression, hatred: Black Messiah is protest music, healing music, a bomb and a balm
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  7. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Every track is tricked out and super-loaded, a series of superlative jams in which D’Angelo gets loose and goes far, pushed and prodded by various collaborators
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  8. 9.5 |   Earbuddy

    Although the song arrangements are meticulous and full of layers awaiting discovery, never does it threaten to run off its rails. Every note, it seems, has been thought out and planned beforehand, but with such care and craft as to seem effortless
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  9. 9.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Luxurious, raw, crashed-up, silky, a funky collage of sounds and grooves, Black Messiah takes listeners ever deeper into the dozen songs with repeated listening
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  10. 9.4 |   Pitchfork

    It’s a wonder to hear his mutant groove unblemished by the passage of time and stretched around this gobstopping cosmic slop of country funk, psych and new wave.
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  11. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    He is a delicate, impulsive genius of rare distinction, and this defiant streak is essential to the character of his music
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  12. 9.0 |   All Music

    he mere existence of his third album evinces that, creatively, he's doing all right. That the album reaffirms the weakest-link status of his singular debut is something else
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  13. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An avant-soul dream palace to get lost in, for 56 minutes of heaven
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  14. 9.0 |   Spin

    Black Messiah is both ancient and fresh — a surging mass of old blues and new soul built from classic thought and rebel spirit
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  15. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Like Voodoo, Black Messiah’s greatest strength lies in D’Angelo’s understanding of how to create mood by weaving an impossibly complex instrumental palette
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  16. 9.0 |   The 405

    Vocally, Black Messiah is sparse, but sonically, it is accomplished and fulfilled. Every sound, every instrument, every lyric and harmony is in the place it needs to be
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  17. 9.0 |   Clash

    Fresh, unmistakable, damn near flawless
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  18. 9.0 |   NME

    Not just one of the best records of 2014, but one that will stay with you throughout next year, too
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  19. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Black Messiah has landed at the perfect time in R&B/soul music where it is strong and diverse enough to push on, and be at ease with its heritage
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  20. 9.0 |   Beardfood

    The title is no exaggeration
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  21. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Technically, it’s a near alchemic distillation of arrangements and textures, complex patterns and compositions, plucked from an array of genres and recalling decades of music history
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  22. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Black Messiah is less throwback funk and more a vision of the possibilities of modern post-funk, although it’s clearly rooted in soul and funk traditions
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  23. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An exquisite realisation of what D’Angelo does best
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  24. 8.0 |   The FT

    Songs are late-night jams in the spirit of Sly Stone and Prince, the music a mix of funk, psychedelic rock, jazz and soul
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  25. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Notwithstanding the occasional foray into jazz and blues, Black Messiah is much the same blend of miasmic boudoir soul, bare-bones funk and liberation songs that characterised his 2000 milestone, Voodoo
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  26. 8.0 |   Q

    On this timely yet oddly timeless record, the Emperor is not only clothed, he's in full ceremonial regalia. Print edition only

  27. 8.0 |   Fact

    An astonishing, disorienting album of densely psychedelic drunken funk, jazz-inflected blues vamps, and repentant gospel lamentations
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  28. 8.0 |   The Music

    D’Angelo has always floated between classic and modern soul, mixing in layers of jazz, pop and funk to great effect. He nails that again on Black Messiah
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