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James River
Studio album by D'Angelo
Released TBA
Recorded 2002 -
Genre Neo soul, funk, soul, psychedelic rock
Label J Records / RCA Records
Producer Unknown
D'Angelo chronology

(James River)
(TBA 2010)

James River is the working title of R&B and neo soul musician D'Angelo's third studio album, although the album remains Untitled.[1] The album is widely considered one of the most anticipated in popular music, due to the critical acclaim of previous album Voodoo, and D'Angelo's lengthy 'sabbatical' period that has followed. The album has been plagued by delays in recording and release, owing mainly to D'Angelo's personal and legal troubles.


Towards the end of the Voodoo tour in 2000, D'Angelo's issues towards performing worsened.[2] He became more conscious and uncomfortable with his status as something of a sex symbol, and after the tour concluded, disappeared from the public eye.

Work for the album started in either 2001 or 2002, with D'Angelo recording alone. In the years that followed, D'Angelo's personal problems worsened, descending in to drug and alcohol addiction. In January 2005 he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine. Various mugshots began circulating around the time, showing the singer looking overweight and unhealthy, in stark contrast to the muscular D'Angelo seen in promotion for Voodoo.[3] In September 2005, a week after being sentenced on the drug charges, He was involved in a car accident, and was rumoured to be critically injured. However, a week after the crash, A statement was issued by D'Angelo's attorney,stating that he was fine and that,

"He is anxious to finish the recording of his soul masterpiece that the world has patiently awaited." [4]
—L. Londell McMillan - 2005

No more was revealed on the new album until 2007 When Questlove leaked an unfinished track to Australian radio. Entitled 'Really Love', the track is an acoustic flavoured jam with a laid back swing feel. The leak apparently soured relations between the two.

In 2009, D'Angelo's new manager Lindsay Guion, revealed plans for a new album, including collaborations with artists including Prince, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, and John Mayer, and a summer tour.[5]

"He's able to smile again and he's ready to connect [with fans],He's coming back. And he looks great, by the way."
—Lindsay Guion, D'Angelo's manager - 2008

As with the previous year, no tour or album materialized.

In early February 2010, a 'new' track called '1000 deaths' appeared on the internet, but was swiftly removed due to a copyright claim by Michael Archer, D'Angelo's real name. The song seemed unfinished, and it is unclear how recent the material actually is, as the same song was mentioned in the same interview (see above) with Russell Elevado, in 2007.

Around the same time, an article began to circulate on the internet, which seemed to be an apparent review of 'James River', with detailed descriptions of individual songs, track listing, and segments of lyrics.[6] This caused much discussion regarding the authenticity of the article, or whether it was an elaborate hoax.




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