Throwback: D’Angelo-Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine

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Michael Archer aka D’Angelo debuted in 1995 with his highly heralded Brown Sugar album.The single “Lady” helped the project achieve platinum status because of its radio presence.”Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” came from the self-produced Brown Sugar.His falsetto and multi-instrumentalist approach drew immediate comparisons to Marvin Gaye and Prince and the media described him as a leader of the neo-soul movement. In a commercial R&B world dominated by R.Kelly’s influential formulas, D’Angelo’s sound recalled unhindered soul of the past and with a firm grip on technology of the present. During the five-year period between his first and second album he recorded “Nothing Even Matters” with Lauryn Hill and contributed cover songs for the soundtracks to “Belly,” “Scream 2,”“Get On The Bus” and “Down In The Delta.” Voodoo arrived in 2000 and spawned the Prince-inspired video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” that gave D’Angelo’s image permanent sex symbol expectations. The subsequent tour for the album became a necessary musical attraction and gave exposure to opening act Slum Village and back-up singer Anthony Hamilton. Since the success of Voodoo, D’Angelo has recorded very little but did make appearances on albums by Roy Hargrove, J.Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Common, Q-Tip and the Red, Hot & Riot project. In 2000 a Live At The Jazz Cafe import was released. The remakes of various songs that he recorded in the past were put together for the Interpretations: Remakes CD that came out in 2010. In 2011 he leaked a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” in anticipation of his third album James River that’s due for release sometime in 2012.