Saturday, February 12, 2000

D’Angelo's Voodoo hit #1



Released: January 25, 2000

Charted: February 12, 2000

Peak: 12 US, 14 RB, 21 UK, 7 CN

Sales (in millions): 1.7 US, 0.1 UK, 1.8 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: R&B


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Playa Playa
  2. Devil’s Pie (10/31/98, 69a RB)
  3. Left & Right [with Method Man & Redman] (11/6/99, 70 US, 18 RB)
  4. The Line
  5. Send It On (4/29/00, 30a RB)
  6. Chicken Grease
  7. One Mo’gin
  8. The Root
  9. Spanish Joint
  10. Feel Like Makin’ Love
  11. Greatdayndaymornin’/ Booty
  12. Untitled (How Does It Feel) (1/8/00, 17a US, 1 RB)
  13. Africa

Total Running Time: 78:54


4.119 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)

Quotable: “The ultimate achievement of the neo-soul era” – Rolling Stone

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

D’Angelo emerged on the scene in 1995 with Brown Sugar, and album that “helped launch contemporary R&B.” AMG However, he became “disillusioned with the genre that had just anointed him a rising star. ‘I don’t consider myself an R&B artist,’ the then-26-year-old told Jet. ‘R&B is pop, that’s the new word for R&B.’ In his quest to create something new, he looked to both the masters of soul (Marvin, Curtis, Stevie) and contemporary innovators (Lauryn, Erykah). The end result was Voodoo, a moving, inventive masterpiece that stands as the ultimate achievement of the neo-soul era.” RS500

“His soulful voice is just as sweet as it was on Brown Sugar, though D’Angelo stretches out with a varied cast of collaborators.” AMG One of those is producer and drummer Questlove, who called the album a “vicarious fantasy.” RS500 The album also included “trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitarist Charlie Hunter, fellow neo-soul stars Lauryn Hill and Raphael Saadiq, and hip-hop heads like DJ Premier, Method Man & Redman, and Q-Tip.” AMG

“It must have been difficult to match his debut (and the frequent delays prove it was on his mind), but Voodoo is just as rewarding a soul album as D’Angelo’s first.” AMGVoodoo places Pink Floyd-style cosmic jams (Playa Playa) next to Prince-inspired erotica (Untitled [How Does It Feel]).” RS500

At the time D’Angelo said, “I’m just looking at Voodoo as just the beginning…It took a while, but I’m on my way now.” RS500 He wouldn’t release another album for fourteen years.

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First posted 3/30/2008; last updated 4/20/2022.

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