Every year since 1971, with Pazz and Jop, our sister paper the Village Voice has polled music nerds worldwide to determine which were the best albums released the year prior. In 2014, most of us came together in agreement that D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which just snuck in before the New Year, on December 15, to be exact -- was the finest sonic creation of those 365 days.
This January 31, D'Angelo is making his first public appearance since the album dropped. He'll be taking the Saturday Night Live stage with host J.K. Simmons.
I want to state that I also chose this album as the best of 2014. I put Black Messiah up there with Ty Segall's Manipulator, because honestly, I listen to one or the other very frequently and with great joy.
And so, I want to share with you a few of of the many reasons why D'Angelo deservedly scored this annual accolade.