do you do when you've set new standards? Simple enough, you raise the stakes
and set them even higher. You take a chance, you reject the status quo and
you forge your own aural path. You delve deep into yourself and conjure up a
collection like this.
The name of D'Angelo second CD is Voodoo, and like some dark, longing, out of body hallucination, Voodoo burrows its way into your subconscious, weave a web and casts a serious spell. Infused with the revolutionary, funkafied mojo of early Ohio Players, James Brown, the Meters, Sly and The Family Stone, Hendrix, Kool and The Gang and any pioneering band that dared take a risk, Voodoo is the CD that D'Angelo was put on this earth to create. It is the music that has been playing in his head.
To call Voodoo the most eagerly anticipated sophomore release in recent musical history is an understatement. It is quite literally the record that much of the universal soul nation has been feenin for. Yet if you ask D'Angelo, who produced and wrote Voodoo, what took so long, his answer speaks volumes to his artistic integrity and his mission. The "main thing is that I really just wanted to make the best album that I could make. I basically wanted to be able to sit down and write some nice songs and it takes time to do something like that. You just can't throw stuff together. I know it has been a while but I need the time to get it together as to what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. I felt some of the pressure to follow up Brown Sugar and I tried not to think about that. I wanted to concentrate on what I was doing, and to get it back on the love of music and writing that I had even before I signed a contract. So if there's one reason why I took such a long time in between records is because I wanted to keep that purity, to keep my motivation for why I make music pure."