Review - Voodoo

Artist: D'Angelo

Label: Virgin
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Voodoo

You waited on "Voodoo" like a lost cat. You knew how revolutionary it would be, so you marked days on the calendar, held prayer vigils and tithed your affections to the anticipated rapture of D'Angelo's second coming. You ladies licked your lips watching the video for "Untitled." You men joined the cult of fitness.

Truth be told, "Voodoo" is a damned good CD that certainly lives up to the hype, despite the five-year wait and paltry 13-song output. Still, a question for D'Angelo: Was it necessary to become a thugged-out amalgamation of Prince, Marvin Gaye and Al Green?

Then again, no matter. "Voodoo" is hypnotic, with a transcendent vibe that blends each song together. You'll get lost the way you get lost in Gaye's What's Going On? And you'll realize that D'Angelo, like his influences, is way ahead of his time.