We woke up to a world with a new D'Angelo album, his first in almost 15 years. For lovers of R&B and soul — hell, for lovers of music that transcends — this is unreal. "Black Messiah" was teased on Friday with a 15-second video, the release of the supremely funky "Sugah Daddy" on Saturday, and a New York City listening party on Sunday, where D'Angelo's swag game was in top form, complete with scented candles (yeah, we want to know what they smell like, too). And then, just like that, "Black Messiah" was released to iTunes and Spotify at midnight.
Fans have waited since 2000 for a follow-up to the much beloved "Voodoo," a masterful record that gained a cult following after the steamy fervor that greeted the "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" video died down. ("Voodoo's" Wikipedia article is a fabulous rabbit hole, by the by.)