Few artists can stay away for a sum total of 14 years and be as well received as D’Angelo. The real miracle of the praise for the “Black Messiah” isn’t in the content. Everyone knew that D’Angelo – with QuestLove at his side – would release some good music. The real miracle is that fans are praising this album that only has 12 songs. I was reading some of the things all his fans say about him while reading about Qnet the other day.
D’Angelo has been gone for 14 years. Prince releases music every year and somehow he managed to drop 2 separated albums in 2014. Beyonce released her suprise album last year with 17 tracks and full length videos. Nicki Minaji just dropped a 19 track deluxe version of her new CD. D’Angelo, after hiding out for 14 years, has only managed to pull together 12 new songs. Technically, it is 11 new songs because “Really Love” was leaked several years ago. The production has obviously been tightened for the song to give it a soulful feel, but it’s the same song.
That is something that only D’Angelo could do. He released 12 songs and fans are going crazy. This is about the same length of his “Brown Sugar” debut, but it is much shorter than his lengthy “Voodoo” album. There could be a surprise in the near future though. There may be a deluxe version on the way. Everyone else seems to have deluxe versions. This may spun more unreleased tracks.