Man, D'Angelo really picked a challenging time for a comeback as neo-soul's alpha dog. Between Frank Ocean's Channel Orange making its very persuasive case for album-of-the-year (and the more recent awesome and awesomely titled single, "Blue Whale" bolstering his claim of ownership of the universe), and the Weeknd's creepy, compelling charisma, and now Miguel's highly-acclaimed new album, Kaleidoscope Dream on the scene, can there be any room or attention left for the old master? Also, the kids are all so flamboyantly celebratory of their drug use. It almost like they're taunting D'Angelo, who has so famously struggled with addiction problems. Remember in the baseball playoffs of 1990, when Roger Clemens heckled opposing pitcher Bob Welch, a recovering alcoholic, by shouting from the dugout, "Drink a beer like a real man!"? Always such a good guy, that Roger Clemens.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012