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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

The artist wants to mend a torn relationship after time away ("The Line"). On "Devil’s Pie," he rebukes drug use, thugging and casual sex, saying, "The time has come . . . to choose in which god we trust."

Objectionable Content

Unfortunately, according to the liner notes, D’Angelo’s wishy-washy god is nothing more than man’s "higher self." Gangsta posturing opens "Playa Playa." To prove his devotion, he tells his woman "[I’ll] kill and die with you"("The Line"). Obscenities and vulgar sexual slang earn this streetwise CD its parental advisory sticker. Multiple f-words are baked into "Devil’s Pie." The erotic, graphic "Left &Right" objectifies women (at one point resorting to mild violence during intercourse) and glamorizes marijuana use.

Summary Advisory

Smooth grooves, jazzy horns, snappy strings, Motown harmonies and other bewitching ingredients give Voodoo sonic power. But D’Angelo’s lyrics and public comments reveal an inner deception. USA Today reports, "[This] son and grandson of Holiness Church preachers says the apparent contradiction between sexuality and spirituality is no contradiction at all." We seem to be hearing that a lot these days. Don’t let young R&B fans dabble in Voodoo.

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Christian Beliefs

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Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

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R&B

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Performance

This number-1 R&B and pop effort sold more than a million copies its first month and yielded the hit "Untitled (How Does It Feel)."

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