Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 1 – Black Messiah by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
It never seemed like the day would come when D’Angelo would truly be back, and then in a sudden flurry he released a single in “Sugah Daddy” and quickly released Black Messiah afterwards. Somehow, Black Messiah exceeds the legendary hype, and was well worth the 14-year wait. In a year full of very good albums, Black Messiah stands head and shoulders above the rest and should be legitimately considered an instant classic. Between D’Angelo’s encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of soul and R&B music to the outstanding musicianship displayed by all artists involved, Black Messiah should be a blueprint album for future generations of aspiring artists.
Also listen to: “The Charade”, “Back to the Future (Part I)”, “Really Love”, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, “Brown Sugar”, “Spanish Joint”, “Cruisin'”