Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

If you love Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Prince - this is up there.

Artist: D'Angelo

Genre: US Hip Hop

Label: Virgin Records

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D'Angelo's masterpiece debut album Brown Sugar was originally released in July 1995. The title track, Brown Sugar, oozes into the ears with dark, gooey, molasses-like texture. Bolstered by the smoky sounds of a tricky old stage organ, D'Angelo sets the mood here for the rest of his album; his highly agile falsetto vocals merge with the gutbucket rhythm melange. The album's centerpiece efforts, Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine, Shit, Damn, Motherfucker and Cruisin, prove that there is some mettle behind D'Angelo's retrograde stylistics. Dreamin cuts loose an ethereal groove colored with live drums and meaty rhythm guitar that extends for eternity; the sinister Motherfucker underwhelms with its subtlety but becomes more intriguing once you realize the smoove lyrics are about an O.J.- like lover killing his best friend and wife. Cruisin strokes the Smokey Robinson blue-light classic with D'Angelo's own touch but doesn't ruffle it.

About the artist

Michael Eugene Archer, better known by his stage name D'Angelo, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He first garnered attention after co-producing the single "U Will Know" for R&B supergroup Black Men United.

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