If neosoul music is a religion then Michael Eugene Archer, best know as D'Angelo is its high priest and 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.Read More
This record represents so so much. I was 24 years old, doing my absolute best fucking up and making a rapid and haphazard exodus from New Orleans to the Bay Area. I was really struggling a bit with race. Young, black, angry, pissed off in general but really in an especially bitter place with white society. Me'shell was on this real unapologetic black rock funk shit that my soul needed at the time. "Plantation Lullabies" is a refreshing departure from New Jack swing and not really a part of but more on the fringes of what would soon become known as "neo-soul".Read More
Day 2 - Top 10 favorite albums
Prince - Dirty Mind
I got the single “Uptown” as a gift in 1980 in a stack of 45s given to me by my auntie. This was the lead single from Prince’s third album, “Dirty Mind” which, in my opinion, marked the first real introduction to the Prince persona that the world would come to know throughout the 80’s.
It’s rock, it’s funk, it’s new wave. It was on the funkin’ edge, man. For me, the song “Uptown” fed into my imagination in a pretty profound way. The vision of a utopia where people were free to be who they wanted to be
“Now, where I come from we don't give a damn
We do whatever we please
It ain't about no downtown, nowhere-bound, narrow-minded drag
It's all about being free
Everybody's going uptown
It's where I want to be
This is, oddly enough - considering how funky bass playing was in this golden era - the first place I really feel like I noticed bass. I’ve credited this song as being the one that made me want to be a bassist which may be a bit of a stretch but it definitely had a profound impact on me.
“Dirty Mind” is indeed pretty out there for the times with songs like “Head” and “Sister” but it just isn’t about the dirty part. The grooves are insane. I mean absolutely insane. The rhythm playing is quintessential cake, pocket for days and days just the right amount of synth and guitar icing. I also think that this really marks the entrance of that rhythm guitar playing that has become so synonymous with the MPLS vibe particularly on “Party Up”. This album truly is “Revolutionary Rock & Roll”.
Still relevant lyric:
“Because of their half-baked mistakes
We get ice cream, no cake, all lies, no truth
Is it fair to kill the youth?