D'Angelo / Voodoo

The former Michael Eugene Archer waxed this simmering, sultry neo-soul slab at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village – and you can feel Jimi’s spirit in the grooves. Pino Palladino plies his craft with a fat old-school tone, peppered with melodic motifs that afford space aplenty for D’Angelo’s croon. By way of Pino’s patented double-stops, glissandos, and phrasing this platter cooks – especially when Palladino digs in deep on “Chicken Grease,” “Send It On,” and “One Mo’ Gin.”