There are so many textures packed into this recording that I was waiting for it to get mushy but it just doesn’t happen. It’s sharp, in focus, and on point to the end no matter what gets mixed in (Black Panthers attacking the warmongering megalomaniac that is America’s government – check. Wailing high vocals – check. Organ, a cross between a storefront church and Ray Manzarek – check) “They’re gonna send me over the hill/I been a witness to this game for ages,” D’Angelo spits out, as much as someone can sweetly spit. A revolution needs protest songs and I think this might be one of them.
I think I should listen to the rest of this album now.