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Brown Sugar
     

Brown Sugar

4.7 7
by D'Angelo
 

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Granted, most R&B is about sex, but in D'Angelo's hands it's all about foreplay. His sultry tempos and devilish crooning are pure carnal passion, with solid nods to stylistic antecedents. Prince's influence is all over this 1995 debut, as are shades of Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson, but it is D'Angelo's hip-hop flavor that makes him a modern voice. His

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Granted, most R&B is about sex, but in D'Angelo's hands it's all about foreplay. His sultry tempos and devilish crooning are pure carnal passion, with solid nods to stylistic antecedents. Prince's influence is all over this 1995 debut, as are shades of Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson, but it is D'Angelo's hip-hop flavor that makes him a modern voice. His bubbling, reedy organ riffs and sweet falsetto vocals turn up the heat on the title track (produced by A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad) and a cover of Robinson's "Cruisin'," while "Shit, Damn, Motherfucker" is a study in street cool. BROWN SUGAR's blend of classic soul and urban attitude makes D'Angelo a soul man for the '90s and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By the mid-'90s, most urban R&B had become rather predictable, working on similar combinations of soul and hip-hop, or relying on vocal theatrics on slow, seductive numbers. With his debut album, Brown Sugar, the 21-year-old D'Angelo crashed down some of those barriers. D'Angelo concentrates on classic versions of soul and R&B, but unlike most of his contemporaries, he doesn't cut and paste older songs with hip-hop beats; instead, he attacks the forms with a hip-hop attitude, breathing new life into traditional forms. Not all of his music works -- there are several songs that sound incomplete, relying more on sound than structure. But when he does have a good song -- like the hit "Brown Sugar," Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'," or the bluesy "Shit, Damn, Motherfucker," among several others -- D'Angelo's wild talents are evident. Brown Sugar might not be consistently brilliant, but it is one of the most exciting debuts of 1995, giving a good sense of how deep D'Angelo's talents run.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/1995
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724383262922
catalogNumber:
32629
Rank:
30956

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

D'Angelo   Primary Artist,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Mark Whitfield   Guitar
Dunn Pearson   Conductor
Seymour Barab   Cello
Julien Barber   Viola
Bob Brockman   Trumpet
Tim Christian   Piano
Winterton Garvey   Violin
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Olivia Koppell   Viola
Gene Lake   Drums
Will Lee   Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello
Bob Power   Guitar,Multi Instruments
Sue Pray   Viola
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Ralph Rolle   Drums
Marilyn Wright   Violin
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Eufrosina Railenu   Viola
Laura Vivino   Flute,Piccolo
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Alexander Simionescu   Violin

Technical Credits

Dunn Pearson   Arranger
D'Angelo   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Darrin Harris   Engineer
Butch Jones   Engineer
Tim Latham   Engineer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Bob Power   Producer,Engineer
G-Spot   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Arranger,Producer
Henry Marquez   Art Direction

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Brown Sugar 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine yourself emerged in a hot bubble bath with scented candles and incents burning in the background. Your next thought would be what CD can I play to complete this mood? Well look no further D'Angelo is here to save the day. He combines old school Prince and coffee house jazz. He not only writes and produces his songs he also plays instruments on them also. Can you say prodigy? From begining to end this CD will make you want to just relax and chill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment this album started spinning in my CD player, the head was bobbing, the hands were drumming, the feet were tapping ang the hips were shaking. This is the funkiest album from the funkiest man on the scene at the moment, bring on some more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should own this record! VooDoo was good, but it just can't touch Brown Sugar!
divinetruth49clocc More than 1 year ago
michaels debut was amazing! the year was 94 and i burned that joint 4 like ever all year and the next! this piece iz real serious! d reminds me of marvin gaye the way he sreams and stacks his back ground voocals! he's and old soul.by the way he's from va! and my ex wife met him b4 he got famous! she used 2 tell me about mike archer.plus she used 2 date his cuzz! when i heard him she was like" what did i tell u! and i was impressed with his music and his playing of all the instrutments.prince did this on his first lp,soft and wet! he was 17.so i quess michael studied the greats,marvin,prince andmaxwell!i still bump his joints till this day!pleaze believe me! if u don't own this u been under a rock !4 the 90's mike(d'angelo) has left an impression on the music world.i wish him well as drugs have took there toll on him! his genius iz still revelent.get back in the studio mike and hit us wit sum more of that old funk that u have.i'll b waiting 2 cop that joint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perfect marriage of Funk, hip hop Soul and some Jazz. I don't like it when Critics put a label on music and call it Neo Soul or something. Because I think it takes away from it good music is just that good music. But everything time I listen this CD it takes me back to the time when music was about the art of seduction wooing your woman and Love. This CD captures that, D'angelo's talent is unbelievably impeccable from producing and writing these songs. I can't say enough good things about his talents. Hopefully Im praying he blesses us the fans with another gem like this. Someday
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