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Pop Culture

Eric Richardson

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Ashley Inguanta
August 27, 2012

My absolute favorite musical album is D’Angelo’s album entitled Voodoo, released in 2000. As a musician and vocalist myself, I’d say that I’m usually a bit more critical of music projects than I would be of any other form of art. It’s usually an easy task for me to appreciate the creativity of other art forms because I don’t have any type of bias. With music, however, it has been my lifelong passion. Since I was a child, I’ve been a student and a fan. As a fan, I’ve always looked for an album that could hold my interest throughout the entire list of tracks. I think even the most casual listener wants the best album possible. I can’t imagine anyone would want to spend their hard earned money on a mediocre album, with only a few songs standing out as favorites. Unfortunately, this has likely been the case since the Eight Track Tape was phased out. There was no rewind or fast forward option, so the albums simply had to be good. It’s a lot harder found what I’d consider a good album, present day. In my opinion, a good album evokes just as much emotion as it does provoke those and give the desire to dance, particularly when speaking of R&B and Soul genres. By these standards, most albums fail. Most albums have one ore the other, but very seldom have all of these characteristics.

D’Angelo’s Voodoo was a progressive work that had a retro feel. I think what made this album so strong was the fact that it was able to transcend time. Fans of funk music enjoyed this album just as much as fans of modern day R&B. D’Angelo calls on the inspiration of lots of older artists to ensure he has the right feel, and conveys the message he is looking for. The album seems to reach out to fans of Old School Soul music exclusively. With the combination of…...

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