There's been mild fanfare over the last few days about the 10th anniversary of D'Angelo's masterful album Voodoo, and of course around these parts we haven't forgotten. One of the best albums of the '00s, Voodoo was more like a manifesto for a different soul, a new funk, than just another album in the "neo-soul" marketing strand of its time. D'Angelo, unlike many soul singers that peppered the music of this past decade, didn't treat the genre as a limitation.
After the bounce
In the video below he speaks about the interest he has in what he describes to be the moment when early soul music was making the change to funk, and how it also reflected a larger change in culture. It's like he bottled all the energy of similar interstitial moments--social, musical, personal--and slowly released it throughout Voodoo. He found that anticipatory element in soul, in funk, in R&B and exploited it without attempting to liberate it from itself, or something. He challenged it and us to stay with him on the brink.