D’Angelo is one of those rare, incredibly valuable artists who have managed to make absolutely gorgeous music from the beginning until now. Not many musicians can go through not one, but two lengthy hiatus’ during their career – including the 14-year-gap between Voodoo and last year’s showstopping Black Messiah – and to absolutely meet the hype, and then some, each time.
His debut album Brown Sugar came out in 1995, and really helped bring the neo-soul movement to the forefront of the music scene. Following that path came the likes of Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and countless more – including the many rappers who began incorporating a more soulful sound into their own tunes.
Brown Sugar has actually been out of vinyl publication for ten years, so it’s particularly exciting to hear that Universal Music will be releasing a reissued double album on white vinyl on April 21. Pre-order it here.
In the meantime, here’s the full album: