It's still taking us a while to process this bit of info about D'Angelo's forthcoming James River, mainly the part about it being "forthcoming." I mean, c'mon, part of D'Angelo's mystique as an artist is his unfaltering ability to not release this album. Additionally, the non-existence of James River has become a fact of life for us, much in the same manner as the Jodeci reunion we started hearing about a decade ago, and Dre's Detox. Give us something to bitch about--don't release it!
But, to put the cynic aside for a moment, we kind of need this album. Although not a spring chicken, D'Angelo possesses enough cool (I refuse to call it "swag") to ether all these youngins bopping around like they have ants in their draws. There really aren't enough grown male voices in R&B right now and the genre is suffering for it. Add to that the fact that Prince, Raphael Saadiq and Roy Hargrove are involved and you have what could amount to R&B's answer to Q-Tip's Renaissance.
I get really excited when I think about it, almost to the point of exceeding (this is D'Angelo we're talking about). Then I remember that this has been "in development" for about three years. Then I think about the OTHER ONE and remember why we created this category in the first place.
Behold this video of "R&B's Jesus" as we remember him, and get used to him being fine again since he's allegedly back in fantastic shape.