D’Angelo Close to Finishing New Album
D’Angelo’s Voodoo, released in 2000, is now considered a classic R&B record, and a follow-up has been in the works for over the past decade. But according to statements from The Roots’ Questlove, the singer is almost finished his third studio album.
In speaking about recording it with D’Angelo, the drummer told Billboard: "All last week, I was in the studio finishing (the album). We spent close to 18 hours, well not me personally because I have to go to 'Fallon,' but usually right after work. He's the only person that I'll actually go to the studio with and stay there to six in the morning, re-doing these drum parts. I won't even do that for my own band, but I'll do it for him. Right now, we're just tightening up the loose ends. But I still stand by, 99% of it is done."
Going onto describe the album Questlove considers it a classic in the same vein as Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On and indicated the sound is timeless. Specifically, Questlove began working with D’Angelo on the release in 2004, and their collaborations created nearly a decade ago continue to sound relevant. The release should possibly be finished by February.
As far as the actual sound is concerned, Questlove used phrases like “potent,” “funky,” and a “hard pill to swallow,” and while it may take listeners another decade, like its predecessor, to fully understand it, the album, he said, is “brilliant.”