Episode 55 - Black Messiah by D'Angelo and The Vanguard

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If you expected the mystery record, our first of 2019, to be a neo-soul album then kudos, you clearly read our minds.

And if you did actually read our minds, good God was that a mistake.

This week we’re a man down as David attends to some family business, but that’s ok! Not only do Chris and Mark talk about D’Angelo’s inventive third album ‘Black Messiah’, but they cover all the topics you love: race, religion, abortion, consent, Veganism, sex, money, drugs and alcohol. It’s a real rollercoaster of an episode. And yes, we were entirely sober.

We also get down to the actual business of discussing D’Angelo’s career, the RnB stylings of his first two albums, his mysterious retreat from the public eye for 14 years in between ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Black Messiah’ and we attempt to do a little deconstruction of his reasons behind the huge gap between them.

There’s also a couple of interesting nexuses, and Dave makes a miraculous appearance at the end to back Mark’s decision on this record.

Have we finally lost the plot? You can decide.

If this is how 2019 starts, lord knows how it’s going to end.

Is ‘Black Messiah’ worthy of a place in our discography? Vote below.