D’Angelo And Questlove Bare The Roots Of ‘Voodoo’
by CHARLIE KAPLAN
Say you fell in love with D’Angelo’s Voodoo in 2006 — six years after it was released. The hype over “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” had long since dissipated, and media inquiries about his status reached an all-time low. The man wasn’t exactly keeping the hearth alive — he’d been late with album releases like Dr. Dre and quiet in the fallow times like Mark Hollis. To you, Voodoo was an album disembodied.
And then Monday night happened. D’Angelo — the mythical neo-soul auteur who, after over a decade of radio silence, resumed infrequent touring a year ago — played a two-man show with his extremely patient collaborator and confidant Questlove at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. For D’Angelo’s disciples, the show was a chance to see an artist defined by distance and mystery up close and personal. [Read entire article.]