Finally (Maybe) a New Album from D’Angelo


I was thinking about D’Angelo this afternoon and wondering, perhaps like many others, whether or when there would be a third album from him. So I did what many curious folks might, I entered his name into Google. To my surprise, I came across a post on the pro-audio site Gearslutz. In that post engineer Russ Elevado—who helmed the desk for D’Angelo’s 2000 disc Voodoo as well as Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Electric Circus, among others—indicated that there might be a release before the end of 2007. Barring that, the album, whose working title is James River, will get wide distribution by the end of 2008.Elevado also hinted that the album might signal another change of direction, one more toward rock (“like [F]unkadelic meets the [B]eatles”). Apparently, in addition to the Beatles, Mr. Archer has been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix. There’ll be some mixing sessions in May, though those will be for material from the Voodoo tour. Whatever the result of those sessions (as well as those that took place last November), I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope for something delicious….

(By the way, the recording-oriented among you might check out this page, on which Elevado describes some of the techniques he used in recording Voodoo. It’s an enlightening read.)