Four Good Reasons D'Angelo's Black Messiah Was 2014's Album of the Year

Categories: Pazz & Jop


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.

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Pazz & Jop: Liz Tracy's Picks for Best Music of 2013

Categories: Pazz & Jop

Surprisingly, as a music editor, I don't get to listen to full albums all that often. I'm too busy doing the editing part to get caught up fully in that music bit. I did, though, spend December listening to album after album that came out in 2013 so I could contribute, along with 457 other music nerds critics, in The Village Voice's annual 2013 Pazz & Jop Critic's Poll. I felt it was important to counter the Yeezus votes with Juicy J and Pharmakon. It just mattered to me. It's also a good idea to remind yourself what music makes your ass itch and which makes your titties tingle.

Click on to read which ten albums and which ten singles of last year I deemed awesome. I also added a brief explanation of my adoration on a few.

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