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  • Summary: The first release in 14 years for the R&B singer features songs co-written with Q-Tip and Kendra Foster as well as co-production from James Gadson, Pino Palladino,and Questlove.

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When you call my name When you love me gently When you're walking near me Doo doo wah I'm in really love with you, I'm in really love with you When... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
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  1. Jan 5, 2015
    100
    Black Messiah was crafted painstakingly, that’s evident, but it never sounds labored over. It sounds loose, on fire, and huge, like a truly Christian sermon.
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    100
    It is masterful, it is heartening and it represents today's best from an R&B/soul perspective.
  3. 100
    This is the Second Coming of D’Angelo, not a close second, but a continuation of that lineage. We’ve waited fifteen years for his finest album to date.
  4. Dec 17, 2014
    90
    Despite the elongated nature of its creation, Black Messiah is a fluid, confidently cool piece.... A real showcase of his incredible talent.
  5. Dec 22, 2014
    90
    The societal ruminations within the fiery judder of "1000 Deaths," the dreamy churn of "The Charade," and the falsetto blues of "Till It's Done," fueled as much by current planetary ills and race relations as the same ones that prompted the works of D'Angelo's heroes, strike the deepest.
  6. Dec 18, 2014
    90
    Black Messiah is ambitious and adventurous, and in that way it delivers wholly on the promise of D’Angelo as an artist.
  7. It’s a striking mix of sensuality and abrasion, giving a long-missing star a fresh claim on what’s current.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    i know i'm late for this but idc , i love this album it's a CLASSIC, timeless cant stop listening to it and it's Black music, sounds hard,i know i'm late for this but idc , i love this album it's a CLASSIC, timeless cant stop listening to it and it's Black music, sounds hard, love songs, freak song and its funky Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    One of the best Funky/Soul/Rock album that I ever heard in my life! D'Angelo is so **** perfect! What a great Christmas present ♥ I'm in loveOne of the best Funky/Soul/Rock album that I ever heard in my life! D'Angelo is so **** perfect! What a great Christmas present ♥ I'm in love with this album. That's all! xoxo

    Favorite tracks: "1000 Deaths"; "The Charade"; "Sugah Daddy"; "Till It's Done (Tutu)" & "Another Life".
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  3. Jun 3, 2017
    10
    I got a metacritic account to rate this album, D'angelo has really transformed himself, he has managed to epitomize the highlights of blackI got a metacritic account to rate this album, D'angelo has really transformed himself, he has managed to epitomize the highlights of black music in one record and managed to make it sound fresh and revolutionary, which only artists like Prince managed to achieve. The lyrics are dense, as one critic says 'weighty', only artists like Kendrick Lamar can come close. 'The Charade' covers black oppression, 'Degradation so loud that you can't hear the sound of our cries' and 'Another Life' is possibly the greatest love song ever written. 'Sugah Daddy' is shocking and 'Betray My Heart' is funkjazz, did you ever think you'd be listening to funkjazz in your lifetime? Unmissable. 100% Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2014
    10
    A lauded Genius returns from the depths of American music to concoct an opus that delivers on all counts. This masterpiece is a landmark onA lauded Genius returns from the depths of American music to concoct an opus that delivers on all counts. This masterpiece is a landmark on this generation's musical landscape similar to what Songs in the Key of Life, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club band and Dirty Mind were for their generation. D'angelo, now having delivered three classics, feels more in his element then ever before. The violent urge of "1000 Deaths", the unyielding romanticism of "Really Love" and "Another Life, the drunken dreamy funk of "Prayer" provide the listener with no chance to predict where they are headed next unlike most music provided today.

    If you are troubled to find anything on this album that doesn't resonate or inspire you, then you need to check your pulse because you're likely dead.
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  5. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    D'Angelo's Black Messiah knew it didn't have to be good to impress; a fourteen-year gap between albums from any artist would turn headsD'Angelo's Black Messiah knew it didn't have to be good to impress; a fourteen-year gap between albums from any artist would turn heads whether it was good or not. With that said, it is mightily humbling that this new album can be so powerfully present and conscious of what it aims to do with its sound and message. This album truly is the audible equivalent to gold. Few albums are so moving and spiritual. Black Messiah is an expansive and brilliant album from any aspect; the craftsmanship is excellent, the singing is amazing, and the message is ever so prevalent. It was the right choice to release the album early in order to respond to this year of so much tragedy. Expand
  6. Aug 9, 2016
    9
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  7. Dec 16, 2014
    3
    Sounds really boring and for the most part, I can't hear what he's singing. I saw all the good reviews and thought I was gonna be listening toSounds really boring and for the most part, I can't hear what he's singing. I saw all the good reviews and thought I was gonna be listening to something out of this world. Instead got some 1960's jazz sounding album with terribly boring melodies. If you suffer from chronic insomnia, this album is a must-have for you! Expand

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