D'Angelo's New Album, Black Messiah, Is Finally Here

December 15, 2014 5:39 AM

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“All we wanted was a chance to talk / ‘stead we only got outlined in chalk,” D’Angelo sings on his first album in 14 years, which was unveiled at a New York City listening session one day after an estimated 25,000 people in the same city protested police brutality against unarmed black citizens.

That song, “The Charade,” is one of 12 that appear on Black Messiah, the R&B icon’s first album since 2000’s Voodoo, which arrives Sunday at midnight (technically Monday morning). “There are a lot of narratives about D’Angelo’s career,” author Nelson George, the host of the event, said while introdu...

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