Having achieved massive success a few years ago with 'Brown Sugar', D'Angelo refused to take the easy route with his follow-up, eschewing trad, chart-friendly R'n'B structures and tricks in favour of an innovative and complex musical bouillabaisse. Mixing R'n'B, soul, hip hop, traditional African music, funk and jazz into an effortlessly smooth, luxuriant and soulful sound, D'Angelo sees himself as being in the lineage of Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix, dismissing most of his contemporaries in his (awesome) sleeve-notes as being "more interested in an artist's business tactics than in their artistry." You could never accuse D'Angelo of this. Gorgeous, intricate multi-tracked vocal collages intertwine with funky, rich bass, click-sharp percussion, lushly minimal keys and guitars and occasional teases of brass. And as for the songs... 'Spanish Joint' is straight-down-the-line funky, 'Feel Like Makin' Love' is irresistibly sexy and seductive, while 'Untitled (How Does It Feel)' is one of the most gorgeous and wonderful tunes of the year, by any artist in any genre. Forget all the poseurs and impostors, D'Angelo is the man, and 'Voodoo' is the album. Sumptuously magnificent.