Elusive R&B crooner D’Angelo has become more mythical figure than actual human since the release of 2000’s Voodoo. Following its release, the singer embarked on a decade-long drug- and alcohol-fueled sabbatical, leaving Spin to sum up the feelings of many of his fans: What the hell happened? Rumors of a third album began to appear around 2001, yet the album itself has become the source of Detox levels of anticipation.
Finally, we have some tangible, concrete proof of the singer’s return, as D’Angelo kicked off his “D-Tour” in Stockholm, culling tracks from Brown Sugar and Voodoo and including a new song entitled “Sugar Daddy.” Check out video of his performance below, but if you want the quick and dirty: Despite this being his first proper performance in 11 years, the singer sounds just as soulful as a decade ago. “Sugar Daddy” leans more toward the funkier side of D’Angelo’s catalog, sounding more Raphael Saadiq than Teddy Pendergrass. The cornrows remain, yet the singer has slimmed down and is a far cry from his 2010 mugshot.
?uestlove told Pitchfork that the singer’s third album, tentatively titled James River, is “97% done.” Between that and a hopefully healthy tour, 2012 may actually be the year the smoothest singer of the decade comes out of his shell.