Questlove Says D’Angelo’s New Album Almost Done, Calls It Instant Classic

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D'Angelo for GQ June 2012

D’Angelo Poses for GQ Magazine June 2012

Last year, D’Angelo re-emerged on the scene and R&B fans went into a frenzy.

Even though he gained a few pounds, he still managed to have that soulful and sexy voice that we all fell in love with.

Shortly after his resurfacing he stated that he would begin working on his on his long overdue third studio album James River.

Well Questlove of The Roots has been working with the singer and he shared some great news with Billboard today.

Not only did the famed drummer stated that the album is nearly finished, but he went on to say that it may be an instant classic. Take a look at what he said below:

“I’m heading out to Asia right now praying that we’re still on schedule for when we said we were going to turn that record in. All last week, I was in the studio finishing (the album). 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.”

Questlove went on to say:

“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. 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.”

Since being released almost 13 years ago, Voodoo has been almost universally acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It has been called an effortlessly visionary work that sounded incredibly ahead of its time, yet brought D’s many muses (Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, and Marvin Gaye) into present-day context.

To date, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the United States and has been certified platinum. Are you excited for D’Angelo‘s return?

Watch: D’Angelo & Questlove Superjam at Bonnaroo 2012

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