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Pop Culture Essay

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Pop Culture

Eric Richardson

English Composition
Ashley Inguanta
August 27, 2012

My absolute favorite musical album is D’Angelo’s album entitled Voodoo, released in 2000. As a musician and vocalist myself, I’d say that I’m usually a bit more critical of music projects than I would be of any other form of art. It’s usually an easy task for me to appreciate the creativity of other art forms because I don’t have any type of bias. With music, however, it has been my lifelong passion. Since I was a child, I’ve been a student and a fan. As a fan, I’ve always looked for an album that could hold my interest throughout the entire list of tracks. I think even the ...view middle of the document...

Much like music has progressed today, most production was beginning to rely heavily on electronic and synthetic sounds. The fact that the artist chooses to say the course and not abandon his creativity is a real strength of the album. It gives the album a comfortable feeling that is easy to get in to. Now as much as I enjoy a natural sound, I also enjoy hearing an artist being free, and uninhibited. There is nothing wrong with venturing outside of your own comfort zone, in order to make something new. While I appreciated D’Angelo sticking to his guns, I would’ve liked to see a little more crossover appeal. I appreciate albums that aren’t designed for one market, and this one definitely does not do that. Nonetheless, it was a great album and still received rave reviews.

This album became extremely popular. Many appreciated the fact that it was different from what was being played at the time of its release. It was refreshing. It also seemed to remind artists of what music meant to them at some point. It took them back to before the fame. Voodoo broke all of the rules and became a mainstay in pop culture. Joshua Klein of the A.V. Club writes, “Yet D'Angelo's mellow strategy frequently pays off: Where so many artists obnoxiously clamor for the listener's attention, D'Angelo keeps his cool, ironically making the ultra-relaxed (79 minutes!) disc a brave antidote to current pop and hip-hop trends.” This, to me is the perfect album.

My absolute favorite musical album is D’Angelo’s album entitled Voodoo, released in 2000. As a musician and vocalist myself, I’d say that I’m usually a bit more critical of music projects than I would be of any other form of art. It’s usually an easy task for me to appreciate the creativity of other art forms because I don’t have any type of bias. With music, however, it has been my lifelong passion. Since I was a child, I’ve been a student and a fan, so I tend to be much more critical. As much as I appreciate today’s music, I’d have to say that I prefer music that was made between 1950 and 1980. The music seemed much more passionate and I can usually listen to an album from beginning to end. As a fan, I’ve always looked for an album that could hold my interest throughout the entire list of tracks. However, it seems that it’s becoming increasingly harder to find an album that can do just that. In my opinion, a good album evokes just as much emotion as it does provoke those and give the desire to dance, particularly when speaking of R&B and Soul genres. By these standards, most albums today fail. Most...

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