I was not a D’Angelo fan before this record nor was I a big fan of today’s R&B, which I unknowingly assumed D’Angelo was. I probably wouldn’t have listened to this album if it wasn’t for all of the rave reviews I heard from friends, family and various music blogs. Curiosity lead me to click play on the album late one night. I couldn’t believe the sounds pouring into my ears. What shocked and intrigued me was just how out there and weird this album sounds. At times D’Angelo sounds almost like an alien. A weird, trippy, soulful alien. The record’s hypnotic groove stutters and almost falls behind itself at times, on purpose, which ultimately makes the record more captivating. The opening track, Ain’t That Easy, is one of the grooviest songs I’ve heard in a long time. Give it a listen and trip yourself out.