D'Angelo's 'Messiah' explores chaos, grace

December 15, 2014 9:32 PM

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On Dec. 13, 2013, the world woke up to a surprise Beyoncé album, a triumph of meticulous planning in an age of nonstop buzz. Just over a year later, D'Angelo — a name known less widely, but cherished by R&B fans everywhere — has pulled off a similar feat.

With Friday came the announcement that Black Messiah (***½ out of four stars), D'Angelo's first album in nearly 15 years, would premiere at a listening event Sunday, and be available to the public Monday. The new tracks — officially credited to "D'Angelo and the Vanguard," with contributions from Qu...

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