If neosoul music is a religion then Michael Eugene Archer, best know as D'Angelo is its high priest, Voodoo is its bible and the pinnacle of the movement. This record came out at another one of those marked moments in my life where so many things were changing in profound ways. Instead of giving you a review of the record that you could easily find anywhere I'd rather write about how the music affected me during that time.
I was just about to turn 30 and had gone through a long and drawn out break up with a lady that I'd been in a relationship with for about five years. Emotions were pretty high for me during that time and Voodoo spoke to every one of the emotions that I carried around with me on the daily. Voodoo's themes are spirituality, love, sexuality, growth, and fatherhood. While fatherhood is something that I've only had passing thoughts about those others have always been front of mind and were particularly so at this time in my life. What now? What next? Where's love? Where is God? There was always a scene that played out in my head every time I closed my eyes and just lay there and listened to the record. I still made (or had) time to just listen...to just be still and listen. Tommy Sims' Peace and Love came out later that year and both of these records were the soundtracks for me becoming someone other than who I'd been in the previous years since moving to California and learning how to 'be'.
I know, I know, you may be reading this and thinking "He's a bass player and he hasn't even mention Pino". This list has really made me look at my thoughts on the bass guitar and how I feel about it in a way that I have certainly never written down before but that I'm not sure that I've ever really expressed openly. When I was really into this record, I mean when it was in heavy heavy rotation, I didn't fixate on Pino or his playing aside from how his playing integrated with the rest of the band. I will, however, point out the cuts where I enjoy his playing the most: "Left & Right", "Send it On", "Chicken Grease" and "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" are my favorite tracks overall on the record.