Time Out says
Soul sensation D'Angelo sent ripples up and down the charts in the late ’90s with his uniquely crisp, sexy take on R&B, as evidenced by 2000 album Voodoo. But stardom, or at least being screamed about as a sex symbol, sat uncomfortably with the singer, and he withdrew completely from the public eye. Now he’s back with a new album, Black Messiah, which he released (after a 15-year gestation) with no advance warning in December. To say this Apollo gig—the first chance folks will get to celebrate the new album live—is highly anticipated would be quite the understatement.