Retrospective: D'Angelo's Brown Sugar vs Voodoo

Brown Sugar

1. Brown Sugar
2. Alright
3. Jonz In My Bonz
4. Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine
5. Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
6. Smooth
7. Cruisin'
8. When We Get By
9. Lady
10. Higher



1. Playa Playa
2. Devil's Pie
3. Left and Right
4. The Line
5. Send It On
6. Chicken Grease
7. One Mo Gin
8. The Root
9. Spanish Joint
10. Feel Like Makin' Love
11. Greatdayindamornin/Booty
12. Untitled(How Does It Feel)
13. Africa

As you all know, D'Angelo released his recent album "Black Messiah" to much fanfare. It was his first album in nearly 15 years and only his third official release. Before that, he made two classics, the 1995 release "Brown Sugar" and the 2000 release "Voodoo". Today, we gathered to discuss these albums and see if we could determine which is better. Let's get started..

At this point, I'd probably take D'Angelo's release from 2014, Black Messiah, over either. Why? Because it felt like any fucks he gave on his earlier releases, he threw them out the window and created a perfect album full of eclecticism, mysticism, lyricism, and women orgasming en masse to his political soul.

But, between the albums presented, Brown Sugar felt a bit more together. It's like Brown Sugar, and I hate saying this, was more "pure." There wasn't that pressure (potentially put on by D'Angelo himself) to deliver a "single," it felt. While "Untitled," even in its Prince parody/homaging goodness, is a GOAT song, Brown Sugar just resonated with me more.

Both are classics. Hell, both are masterpieces. In fact, D'Angelo's catalog is impeccable. With that said, Voodoo is the better album, but Brown Sugar is my favorite. The jazzed soul of the early 90s is just too smooth and prevalent in Brown Sugar. The title track is still one of my all time favorites, especially when I'm partaking in the ganja. "Lady" still gives me chills everytime I hear it, because it's so real. "Shit, Damn, Muthafucka" is also an all timer for real. I grew up on this so it gets the slight edge.

Brown Sugar and Voodoo, two albums crucial to the history of Neo-Soul. Which was better? Well in my opinion, it has to be Brown Sugar. Brown Sugar is the kind of short and sweet love album that you can never get tired of. Starting off with the titular track, D’Angelo begins to tell the story of a girl who he's been seeing for a while. Describing how sweet she was and how sweet she tasted. The imagery of the entire album and live bands create an atmosphere that's sensual and soothing. It never dragged like Voodoo has at times with me. 10 great cuts from start to finish that'll have you high on love and wanting you to please your lady.

Great albums. Both classics. I lean towards Voodoo because of its creativity and artistry. Brown Sugar, a short and sweet classic, featured D'Angelo at his best at times with jazz elements infused in his music that would only enhance the quality of his music. Voodoo, however, seemed like the evolution of D'Angelo. Riskier, more creative, provocative, and all around classic, I lean towards Voodoo. Honestly, "Send It On", "The Root", "Untitled(How Does It Feel)", and the epic "Devil's Pie" is what put it over Brown Sugar for me. Those songs in particular.



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