Tomorrow will be the 20th anniversary of D’Angelo’s powerful, timeless album, Voodoo. A defining anthem of the neo-soul movement, Voodoo is a powerful declaration of D’Angelo’s musical talent. Yet following its 2000 release, its critical and commercial success, and then the feverish and overwhelming response to the “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” music video, D’Angelo practically disapeared from the music world for 14 years.
And now, 20 years later, Voodoo is being inducted into the 33 1/3 series, with Faith Pennick’s newest book on this mysterious album. Pennick dives into the emotions and influences that knit themselves together to form Voodoo: an amalgam of soul, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and Afrobeats, combined with the emotional effect D’Angelo’s personal life had on his music at the time. It was both a tribute to his musical heroes: Prince, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, J Dilla … and a deconstruction of rhythm and blues itself.