?uestlove Says D'Angelo's New Album Is "99 Percent" Done

posted Tuesday January 22 ,2013 at 09:39AM CST | 8 comments

?uestlove Says D'Angelo's New Album Is

?uestlove says that he and D'Angelo are in the final stages of recording the singer's third album.

D'Angelo triumphantly returned to the music scene last year after a long hiatus, teaming back up with The Roots' ?uestlove to complete his third album.

During an interview with Billboard.com, the drummer said that the two have been in the studio finishing up work on the LP, which they began recording back in 2004. He explains that they were spending almost entire days wrapping up the project, and confirms that it's "99 percent" done.

"All last week, I was in the studio finishing (the album)," he said. "We spent close to 18 hours, well not me personally because I have to go to 'Fallon,' but usually right after work. He's the only person that I'll actually go to the studio with and stay there to six in the morning, re-doing these drum parts. I won't even do that for my own band, but I'll do it for him. Right now, we're just tightening up the loose ends. But I still stand by, 99% of it is done."

?uestlove, who says that the album should be done by February at the latest, likened the album to a "classic" that's ahead of its time and compared it to Sly and the Family Stone.

"I would not be far off by saying this is probably my generation's version of Sly (and the Family Stone's) 'There's a Riot Goin' On.' It's potent. It's funky. It's an extremely hard pill to swallow," he said. "He's one of those artists that have, of course, taken 13 years to follow up a record. It's going to take you about 10 years to digest this record. Totally brilliant. Just the way this society works with music… being able to judge if something is a classic after the first listen, you can do that after thirty seconds on this. And the fact that we started this record in 2004, and it still sounds like it came out five years from now, it is a testament to the timelessness of it"

After announcing his first U.S. performance in 10 years last May, D'Angelo gradually returned to the spotlight, performing at award shows and festivals and later hitting the road with Mary J. Blige on "The Liberation Tour."

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Comments 8 Posts

  • Shone Jones
    James River is gonna be the R&B equivalent of Chinese Democracy. An album made by a man too lazy and too afraid to get back in the marketplace.
  • Anonymous
    Can't wait for this...a genius like mentioned above. We need this.
  • Anonymous
    Glad to hear, I'm a big fan of his music.
  • Fuck Philladelphia
    Yet no one will buy it.
  • W9D
    I'm not declaring some significant correlation here, but it is pretty damn ironic that, since D'Angelo took his 12-year break from recording new music of his own, R&B and Hip-hop have quickly become sub-genres of Pop for the most part, for which the song writing is much simpler, much more emotionally distant and much less innovative. It will be interesting to see if his new record has any impact on the direction and distinction of those two genres. Personally, I'm on the edge of my seat and I hope I'm not disappointed, which could only happen as the result of more waiting.
  • charlie
    i saw this man life at north sea jazz...he's a genius, plays every instrument with ease, and funky than a muthafucka
  • Sign o the times
    just like I thought, not 1 sign of interest from the depressed & depraved internet gumps...
  • foreal
    cant wait! first 2 albums were great, 1st was a classic.