D'Angelo - Brown Sugar
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1995 Ratings: #21 / 508
User Score
1995 Rank: #13All Time: #438
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Entertainment Weekly

Love, both sugary sweet and delightfully nasty, is what D’Angelo’s debut, Brown Sugar, serves up.

90
AllMusic
D'Angelo concentrates on classic versions of soul and R&B, but unlike most of his contemporaries, he doesn't cut and paste older songs with hip-hop beats; instead, he attacks the forms with a hip-hop attitude, breathing new life into traditional forms.
90
NME

Kicking over the traces of the genre game and shrugging, demanding that you ... just absorb the sultry atmosphere he sets up with his little-more-than-nothing beats and Russian doll vocals ... a major, major record.

80
SPIN
However much he's ripping them off for style, D'Angelo is the true inheritor of those 70's soul men he so admires for a far more substantial reason; he's proven himself an adept in the mysteries of the groove.
80
Rolling Stone
No matter how delicate or dusty sounding a track may be, D'Angelo flips the script with B-boy savoir-faire: He makes the nasty rhythms bubbling underneath his multilayered love songs seem old and new at the same time.
prup
98

Only artist you can say you edge to.

koxtil
85

How did he grab all of this quality in his first project? And then he puts out BETTER material after that.

It's just unfair.

Rollo_P
86

It's stunning how consistent and how high quality this project is. 10 songs, all of them 4-6 minutes, all of them displaying lovely production and excellent singing from D'Angelo himself. He's a sexy, sultry guy with a good ear for percussion and bass, which is important in 1995 - every hardcore rap MC loves shitting on RnB singers for being too 'soft,' so D'Angelo working with drums like those present on Alright and Smooth provides an energy and groove that comes across as funky and jussssst ... read more

Webzib
75

Sexy man. After i listened to black Messiah imma come back here. I just don’t think i enjoy dangelos sound or it just doesn’t connect wit me much even after list To voodoo.

tan_phan24
97

This is sweet, smooth, silky, buttery, and horny asf……but I LOVE IT.

bosskili1
90

This is the definition of ear candy. Literally. First the name: Brown Sugar - THAT IS CANDY
Then the sound: it sounds sweet and inviting with D'angelos voice sucking you into his world like it was an everyday thing for him
The lyrics too: all about being horny and love and that kinda stuff, all in all very sweet

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Track List

1Brown Sugar
4:22
96
2Alright
5:12
91
3Jonz in My Bonz
5:55
86
4Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine
4:46
95
5Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
5:14
91
6Smooth
4:21
92
7Cruisin'
6:24
93
8When We Get By
5:45
94
9Lady
5:45
94
10Higher
5:27
93
Total Length: 53 minutes
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Added on: August 23, 2014