Fans have been waiting for a new album from D'Angelo for over a decade... and they may see it very soon. According to The Roots' drummer, ?uestlove, the singer is in the final stages of recording what will be his third album.
In a recent interview with Billboard.com, the drummer discussed the pair's work in the studio, which they began waaaayy back in 2004. In the past year, he says they've been spending entire days in the studio wrapping things up... which is now around 99%.
"All last week, I was in the studio finishing (the album)," ?uestlove said. "We spent close to 18 hours, well not me personally because I have to go to 'Fallon,' but usually right after work. He's the only person that I'll actually go to the studio with and stay there to six in the morning, re-doing these drum parts. I won't even do that for my own band, but I'll do it for him. Right now, we're just tightening up the loose ends. But I still stand by, 99% of it is done."
He goes on to say that the the album should be done by February, calling it a "classic".
"I would not be far off by saying this is probably my generation's version of Sly (and the Family Stone's) 'There's a Riot Goin' On.' It's potent. It's funky. It's an extremely hard pill to swallow," ?uestlove said. "He's one of those artists that have, of course, taken 13 years to follow up a record. It's going to take you about 10 years to digest this record. Totally brilliant. Just the way this society works with music… being able to judge if something is a classic after the first listen, you can do that after thirty seconds on this. And the fact that we started this record in 2004, and it still sounds like it came out five years from now, it is a testament to the timelessness of it"
After announcing his first U.S. performance in 10 years last May, D'Angelo gradually returned to the spotlight, performing at award shows and festivals and later hitting the road with Mary J. Blige on "The Liberation Tour."