Beyonce & Solange Celebrate D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’

Published: Wednesday 4th Feb 2015 by David
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Almost twenty years after its release, D’Angelo‘s ‘Voodoo’ continues to cast a spell on music lovers who celebrated its fifteenth birthday last month.

Among those grateful for its game-changing release are the sisters Beyonce and Solange, who have taken to the latter’s website to share their thoughts on the enamouring effort.

Their words below…

On the release, Solange shared:

Voodoo is the church in which we all come to worship the religion of soul music. It is the word. It is the temple. It is the law for all lovers of true rhythm and blues. At 15-years-old, Voodoo is the most self-assured, decisive, deep in its roots, and “grown as hell” album in recent musical history I’ve ever experienced. A true testament to the term, timeless. Since its birth, it has always gone hand and hand with reflections of various milestones in my life. I was 13, when I heard “Untitled” and got goosebumps at the first knock of the snare. I couldn’t have been farther from having the answers when he belted “How Does It Feel,” but the deep down gutters of my soul said “Daaaaammmn Goot!”

My son was five when we filmed him trying his best attempt at break dancing to “Devils Pie,” if any song was gonna give him the spirit… that one was sure to. Almost seven years ago, I fell in love with my husband with “Africa” as our soundtrack, each chord of the beginning bells representing the sentiments of our oneness. “Send It On” became the song of the hour at many a Brooklyn house parties, about 15 women spread all around my apartment singing along emotionally in unison.

And alas, one of the greatest memories of my wedding was dancing to “Feel Like Making Love” until the wee hours, eyes closed, the biggest smile on my face. Whatever D’Angelo’s journey back to South Carolina and Virginia encompassed, somehow became my journey too. It delivered me. It spoke for me. It made me feel right around the corner from my ancestors. It help me to understand the woman I wanted to become.

 

Still a member of Destiny’s Child when the album was released, Beyonce shared:

Voodoo is as relevant today as it was when it first came out. D’Angelo’s harmonies, instrumentation and arrangements are iconic and timeless. His song structure of mixing classic R&B with the true roots of gospel jam session still resonates today. It is an album you can listen to from start to finish. This is the DNA of black music; all the love, pain, social statements and rawness punctuated by his effortless vocal progression from his funky low register to his sexy falsetto. My favourite song on the album is “Africa” and “Untitled” definitely inspired my song “Rocket.”

Joining them in their praise was the ‘Electric Lady‘ herself Janelle Monae, who had this to say when discussing the release:

Voodoo was by far one of the best concept albums in music. From the start of the first interlude, I knew D’Angelo had created his own world and I wanted to be in it. Although I couldn’t understand a lot of the words –and still can’t — it made me fall deeper in love with his melody and his tone. The live musicianship through out was incredible and has definitely influenced me and my production team, Wondaland, to always bring in live instrumentation through our albums. For example the horns, guitar, bass and etc.

The album was co-produced by Lucy Pearl‘s Raphael Saadiq and saw the Devil’s Pie maker support it with five singles and a supporting tour of the same name, featuring creative direction from Quest Love and vocals recorded by his R&B sibling Anthony Hamilton.

Despite being regarded as a classic by many, the project did not enjoy much commercial success, taking five years to cross the 1.7 million units milestone in the US, seeing just one of its singles, ‘(Untitled) How Does It Feel‘, impact the Hot 100’s Top 40 when it peaked at #25.

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  1. MariahIsMusic1 February 4, 2015

    Ooooh the blueprint of s*** R&B!! Nice words Bey & Solo

  2. Suicide Blonde February 4, 2015

    Oh God!, at first i thought, oh they finally admitted their Haitian heritage by celebrating with a Voodoo ritual, i imagined blood and shits like that 😀

    • Tyler February 4, 2015

      Hatian heritage? Louisiana Creoles are a separate cultural group from Haitian Creoles….

    • SURPRISE…….(DEC.13) February 4, 2015

      WAS THAT SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY??????????? U ARE ONE BITTER TROLL.

    • Naomi February 4, 2015

      You are officially the most ignorant person on thi blog

  3. Milla February 4, 2015

    Urghhhh..next?

  4. Kelly Rowland the Flop February 4, 2015

    Nice words…from Bey’s and Sol’s publicst(s).

    • Edna February 4, 2015

      Right and reason I agree is because their reflections sounds more like a 10 year review of the album.

      “Voodoo is as relevant today as it was when it first came out”

      “His song structure of mixing classic R&B with the true roots of gospel jam session still resonates today.”

      “..all the love, pain, social statements and rawness punctuated by his effortless vocal progression..”

      -BEYONCE

      “Voodoo is the most self-assured, decisive, deep in its roots, and “grown as hell” album in recent musical history”

      “Since its birth, it has always gone hand and hand with reflections of various milestones in my life.”

      -Solange

      Their copywriters should have at least tried to stay within their natural voice. It was a nice gesture tho..

  5. Edna February 4, 2015

    It really was a great album… It’s not there fault that the actually good black artist never enjoy success

  6. Unbiased February 4, 2015

    Beautiful

  7. I STAN(D) FOR TALENT February 4, 2015

    Oh God!, at first i thought, oh they finally admitted their Haitian heritage by celebrating with a Voodoo ritual, i imagined blood and shits like that 😀 ➡ SMH why don’t you go to an NME or KERRANG blog where white-trash is widely accepted 🙂

  8. Navy Nick February 4, 2015

    Yes gawd. I swear I play @ least 3 songs from this album daily…, STILL!!!!

  9. Fancy BISH February 4, 2015

    Untitled is as close to a perfect Prince song as any artist (other than Prince himself) has ever gotten…he NAILED it…and that ending…those screams…CRAZY good…I know Prince was like, now that ish is on point 😉

  10. Natasha3 February 4, 2015

    Haiti is NOT the only country that practices voodoo! I hate whenever voodoo is mentioned, the first two things on people’s mind are either Haitians or voodoo. Voodoo originated from Africa, why not brought up Africa first??!!??!! Other ethnics practices voodoo as well, NOT only Haitians . FYI, NOT all Haitians practices voodoo! Another thing, Haitians are just as creole as Louisiana natives , IF not more.

    • FutureCIARA February 4, 2015

      It is the voodoo capital though! Stop trying to spread dis-information about that religion.

  11. britneyraycarey February 4, 2015

    nobody cares

    • Natasha3 February 4, 2015

      Of course somebody care……..You obviously do!!!!!!

      • britneyraycarey February 5, 2015

        i really dont

  12. FutureCIARA February 4, 2015

    Not here for praising demonic sexxx music…. They can keep their hoodoo voodou over there!

  13. BeautifulDisaster89 February 4, 2015

    OMG “Send it on” is still one of the best r&b records made. I hate that he was so incosistent with coming out with new material but i’m still a fan 🙂

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