Not since Marvin Gaye's creative exhale in the mid-Seventies did soul luxuriate between the beats like 1995's "Brown Sugar," the single that introduced us to Michael D'Angelo Archer. "Let me tell you 'bout this girl," it began, like a barroom boast--"or maybe I shouldn't." It was as if the storyteller suddenly realized how falling in hopeless lust makes one's machismo more vulnerable than love ever could. D'Angelo, as he called himself, lit this thematic spliff and burned it from both ends (dope was his metaphor for sex, and vice versa). He confessed his addiction--"I gets high off your love/Don't know how to behave"--and glowed with pride. The bass massaged, the organ tickled,... More >>>