D'Angelo's "Black Messiah" is an album for our time

December 17, 2014 7:20 PM

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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah" is an album for our time

The 14-year wait for D'Angelo's album Black Messiah (RCA ****) ended the night of Dec. 14, with a Beyoncé-esque surprise release. In light of this album's political vibe, it seems Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was prescient earlier this month, when he called "for musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in."

Questlove's call was a reaction to the at-best-sporadic response of the pop music community to events in Ferguson, Mo., Staten Island, N.Y., and elsewhere, events that have led to marches and die-ins in Philadelphia and around the world.

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