Brown Sugar

Label
Virgin Records America
Release date
18 Jul 2000
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
53:08

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Brown Sugar 4:19 146,979
2 Alright 5:13 48,257
3 Jonz In My Bonz 5:56 45,080
4 Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine 4:46 61,784
5 Shit, Damn, Motherfucker 5:14 36,276
6 Smooth 4:19 55,134
7 Cruisin' (Carl Mackintosh Mix) 6:24 2,319
8 When We Get By 5:44 46,828
9 Lady 5:46 79,550
10 Higher 5:27 40,351

About this album

By the mid-’90s, most urban R&B had become rather predictable, working on similar combinations of soul and hip-hop, or relying on vocal theatrics on slow, seductive numbers. With his debut album, Brown Sugar, the 21-year-old D’Angelo crashed down some of those barriers. D’Angelo concentrates on classic versions of soul and R&B, but unlike most of his contemporaries, he doesn’t cut and paste older songs with hip-hop beats; instead, he attacks the forms with a hip-hop attitude, breathing new life into traditional forms. Not all of his music works — there are several songs that sound incomplete, relying more on sound than structure. But when he does have a good song — like the hit “Brown Sugar,” Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’,” or the bluesy “Shit, Damn, Motherfucker,” among several others — D’Angelo’s wild talents are evident. Brown Sugar might not be consistently brilliant, but it is one of the most exciting debuts of 1995, giving a good sense of how deep D’Angelo’s talents run.

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