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Brown Sugar

D'Angelo

1995

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Brown Sugar
Album Summary

Brown Sugar is the debut studio album by American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo, released on July 3, 1995, through EMI. The album was recorded during 1994 and 1995 in sessions at Battery Studios and RPM Studios in New York City and at the Pookie Lab in Sacramento. Its production, instrumentation, arrangements, and songwriting were primarily handled by D'Angelo, who employed both vintage recording equipment and modern electronic devices. The songs feature earnest lyrics about love and romance, set against a fusion of contemporary R&B and traditional soul music with elements of funk, quiet storm, and hip hop music. Brown Sugar debuted at number six on the US Billboard Top R&B Albums chart, selling 300,000 copies in its first two months. With the help of its four singles, it spent 65 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and received platinum certification within a year of its release. Brown Sugar was also met with widespread acclaim and earned D'Angelo several accolades, including four Grammy Award nominations. Regarded by music journalists as a pivotal release in neo soul, the album brought commercial exposure to the burgeoning musical movement amid the prominence of producer-driven, digitally approached R&B.

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Rating

2.92

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10974

Genres

  • Funk
  • Hip Hop
  • Soul

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Very soulful and chill sounding. Great instrumentals create a true R&B experience. The lyrics weren't my speed, they were overly sexual without the nuance. It was very to the point where as other R&B achieves the same sensuality but in a more poetic way. His voice is great and I think for a debut this one was ok. It's like "getting in the mood music but for high-schoolers"(Which I might have rated higher 20 years ago)

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Sure, it's peak 90s R&B but is that really saying much? For what it is, it's good. It's just that what it is isn't much, you know? It's an entire album of shallow sexism wrapped in a thin veneer of so-called romance. Nah. Pass.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

This album was definitely a cornerstone for the genre, pulls in a lot of great ideas, and D’Angelo is a competent singer. But man, I just did not enjoy this. He may be a good singer, but he is also a boring one. No excitement, the same energy the whole way through. And the melodies don’t help either. What’s the opposite of an ear worm? They seemed to slide off the folds of my brain and out my ears before the songs even ended. If they ever would end; the songs all go on for two or three minutes doing nothing new or interesting. I see why people like this, but it has so many of my pet peeves baked into it.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

dear lord am i glad that's over.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

He’s got a nice voice but I honestly hate this kind of music

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

The best bit was the wiki. I found this tediously dull

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

FIVE STARS!!!!! FIVE STARS!!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

My goodness, I love neo-soul. D'Angelo's voice is nothing short of heavenly. That voice combined with groovy, soulful instrumentals makes Brown Sugar an R&B classic. Some standout tracks include Alright, When We Get By, and Brown Sugar.

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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

8/10 smooth, buttery smooth, smooth, I feel made love to by D'Angelo's pure, primal, non-toxic, sexual, raw smoothness

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Thu Dec 28 2023
2

“Uhhh kissing you, kissing me, squeezing yo butt cheeks, Putin’ my bologna pony in yo minestrone, talking’ ‘bout sex whooo whooo” every song basically

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Better than Maxwell's Hang Suite, would get away with it on a first date.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Delicious R&B. Chill and rythm.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
5

This album was fire during my University years. People lost their damned minds when D’Angelo came to town to perform. A re-listen rekindles. This was the start of neo-soul.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

An outstanding debut from a singular voice. Muhammad, Saadiq and Powers are a heck of production team. It’s layered into some kind of futuristic version of Sly’s late 70’s sound. It’s also very of its moment and as such transcends space and time. It’s also glorious booty call music.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
1

Ma che noia… musica da salone di bellezza Non mi capacito sia inserito tra i 1001

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Wed Apr 10 2024
3

Funky, jazz-infused R&B with a strong mid 90’s vibe, so your mileage may vary, if you’re looking for something that doesn’t feel tied down to an era.

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Tue Dec 22 2020
2

Not my music but nice when played in the background

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

1/2 really not my jam. the music itself is pleasant enough, the singing is a lot of moany noises.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

Dated, but a couple of cracking shagging songs. 3/10

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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

It's rhythmic, not unnecessarily profane, and kind of works as an ode for his beloved... but there's just way too much cliche going on here. Way too much... not sure if his version of "cruisin" is better than Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow's version...

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

Not really the kind of music that I choose to listen to but, this is a very nice album. I like his version of Crusin' but it isn't unique enough from the original Smokey Robinson version to make it stand out. It is nice that he is able to bring the song to a new generation of fans. 2/5

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Fri May 20 2022
1

This was exactly the kind of nothing R&B bilge that used to get me really animated in the 90s. Not now though, I’m chill. 😎

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Thu Jun 16 2022
1

Not my bag. The two albums I had before this were absolute bangers so only fair I get this to even things out.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
1

Schmoov futhermucker. Never been my thang.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
1

I mean, it's not literally the worst thing I've ever heard... but... it's not great. His falsetto sucks and the whole thing felt bland and boring after the first song. That being said, 'Shit, Damn, Motherfucker' is clearly the pinnacle of songwriting and no one should attempt to surpass it. I like how he said the three words over and over and over and over. Quality stuff. This album did help me find religion, though. I didn't think at the beginning that I would be praying for it to be over, but here I am.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
1

Doesn't even scrape a 2. It's really dull musically, and the lyrics are both cliches and throwbacks to the creepy lyrics you'd get in 50s/60s music but without the innocence that gave the oldies a bit of an excuse. Would've got a 2 had I only been half listening to it, but the lyrics drop it down to a 1 as it made it actively unpleasant to listen to.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
1

Is mid-90s neo-soul the hardest genre to listen to now? Beware of any artist who has his/her top off in their photos as a USP. One star for the first track, but boy this is inconsequential.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
1

Is there a sexy word for ‘boring’?

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Thu Sep 15 2022
1

No more please, make it stoooop

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Wed Oct 12 2022
1

p769. 1995. 1 star. The background music they use in stores selling Gwyneth Paltrow's "This Smells Like My Vagina" candles. Wannabe Marvin Gaye for the 90s, only without the talent or the voice. This was a key influence on Craig David - so! We finally have someone to blame! Can't be doing with high pitched male voices, especially when they are used on such bland material. This is soulless and instantly forgettable.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
1

He's got a good voice but R&B does nothing for me. Lyrically uninteresting. Would not listen again

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Fri Nov 25 2022
1

Not for me at all, dull even by r and b standards.

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Fri Jan 20 2023
1

This music makes me very nervous, overproduced, all character removed, like swimming in a pool instead of a sea full of waves.

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Fri Jan 27 2023
1

imagine my disappointment when i found out this isn't about heroin.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
1

This Neo soul is really not my jam. Couldn't get thru this one and for the record, the Stones did Brown Sugar better.

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Sun Feb 26 2023
1

eu ouvi a primeira musica, tem um som legal mas n é muito meu tipo de musica. prefiro o dos stones

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Mon Feb 27 2023
1

Awful. Repetitive. I had to keep skipping to the next song because the repetition was getting on my nerves.

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Sun Mar 05 2023
1

Urghgghhhhhhhhhhh A mix of cringe and boring. Just not an enjoyable record at all. Would not listen again. Best track: Lady Worst track: Alright, Jonz in my Bonz, Higher, Brown Sugar, Cruising

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Wed Mar 29 2023
1

Rubbish. Boring, whiny RnB, like there's good RnB but this was terrible. Who even is D'Angelo? Literally never heard of him. Too many of the songs were drawn out and way too much of that "woo woo yah yah" crooning that kinda gives me the ick. Best: Brown Sugar Worst: When We Get By

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Wed Mar 29 2023
1

Shocked at how boring and not good this was. I'm amazed this is always so critically acclaimed, other than the first track it put me to sleep.

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Thu Apr 06 2023
1

Saw the cover and thought this is gonna be awful. By half way through the first song that was confirmed. Somehow, it then continued to get worse. It manages to offend and bore me at the same time.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

You gotta love soul/jazz and prince for that one. And I def. do

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

This album is so silky smooth, from start to finish. I love every single song, there's not one on here that I don't love. I think I've fallen in love with this album. 5/5 stars.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Shout out to all the grown-ass adults who were conceived to this album back in the 90s. This is smooth and seductive! I love the sense that the lyrics are utterly at the service of the music and D'Angelo's vocals, more about evoking a mood. It's a dream.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

Great debut album - pretty perfect. I say 9/10 but only because the follow-up, Voodoo (assume it is the list too) is even better (10/10).

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Come ON! Try to top it, what is sexier than this?

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

D’Angelo one of the best to ever do it

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Superb. 90s R&B at its finest. Every track is gorgeous, and I love his rendition of Smokie Robinson's Cruisin. A new favorite.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Muy bueno, chill, para trabajar o ir de viaje. Hasta para una cena en el lounge.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Not always a huge fan of R&B, but damn, this man has soul. Love the album.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

Undeniable the greatness of this album. Made us all listen to music differently again. Could be released today and win awards.

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Fri May 12 2023
5

Brilliant album, start to finish.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
5

Hard to be left unsatisfied after hearing this album. It's just exquisite. It SOUNDS like D'Angelo at his most unconscious, his most musically free and unwrought. Just effortlessly making incredible music. But... apparently he spent ages, recording all of the instruments himself?? At 21?? Unreal. I couldn't believe that because it sounds so effortless. It just sounds like, an early incarnation of D'Angelo, with an incredible backing band. Well, it turns out that that's D'Angelo as the backing band. Wow. Still a classic, still an incredibly fun time. 5/5

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Fri Aug 11 2023
5

he actually cannot make bad music

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

Great album all the way through

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Wed Oct 04 2023
5

Fenomenal. Soul é muito foda!!

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

Wow, i knew it would be good, but i didnt expect it to be THIS good! The star of the show here are the basslines, but everything about this record is awesome.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

the combination of classic soul influences, hip-hop beats & D's silky, buttery voice is just too immaculate for words. My favourite D'Angelo album & quite possibly my favourite album of the entire 1990s decade!

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Wow. Another one I’ve never given a second thought to. This really surprised me. Not something I’d have enjoyed as a youth, but damn this is flowy. It’s so jammable. This didn't feel difficult at all.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
5

timeless. Impossible not to start dancing.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

i love love LOVE this album omg. i wasn't too sure on d'angelo as i wasn't the biggest fan of voodoo. but mannnn i enjoyed every song on here! the funk aspect, the soul elements, the jazz inspiration. guys it all comes together to create a beautiful, sensual, HORNY album (heavy on the horny, goddamn). i feel like this is my sign to revisit voodoo tbh because i feel like i misjudged this man, he's a talent no doubt about it

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

fave track: lady final thoughts: d'angelo i <3 u

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

Bas mi je dobar! Bio je ful lijep dan jucer, kuhala sam rucak i slusala ovo i bas je super sjelo!! Favorit je shit, damn, motherfucker ofc

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

I’m too shy to listen to this!

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

I want some of your brown boogers (doodoodoo) Another 5.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
5

Find die Musig eifach extrem cool. Vocals mega cool, band au mega cool. Sicher au under de liebevoll hornigste musig vo sinere ziit (nöd nur ide lyrics). Ich los vo ihm eigentlich nur immer s ganze Album und je noch Mood fühl ichs mengmol nöd so oder aber ich wird Background Sänger und es absorbiert mich voll für e stund.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

this is such a pleasant listening experience take a shot every time this guy says a shade of brown. like it’s very probable this is something that’s just going over my head but what is chocolate lemonade?

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Tue Apr 09 2024
5

A Neo-Soul landmark, it retains a consistent chill vibe with funky beats, jazzy grooves, and pop hooks. His vocals at time reminds me of Sly and at times Al Green. It's what neo-soul is all about. Taking what the likes of Al Green and Stevie Wonder started in the 70s, and showing what could be done in a modern context, with 90s pop and hip hop production. I think he's the only neo-soul artist who doesn't rap either? (At least in the Soulquarians movement.) Nearly every song is a hit imo. The two weaknesses: it's too long at 53 minutes, and it starts off slow. "Brown Sugar" is a strong start, but I thought "Alright" and "Jonz in My Bonz" were the weakest despite the incredible production work. It picks up with the funk and energy from there. I also wasn't too big of a fan of "Higher" after so many tracks I loved, but I admire the gospel vocals. Maybe if it were shorter and ended on a more satisfying touch. With so many deep cuts I love beyond the hits, it's a record I will frequently return to. I could definitely see this album be a bit stronger, but most of it is gold, and there isn't any other album that better represents neo-soul in its purest form.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
5

I love D'angelo, his music draws form so many places but is uniquely his. Though Voodoo will always be better for me this album is still pretty fantastic. And for a debut album it's even more impressive. The songs sound both classic and modern and the fact that he wrote and plays most of the instruments on here is wild too (although shout out to Will Lee who plays bass on the final track). The whole album oozes soul and he really is a master of the genre, My favorites are "Brown Sugar", "Shit, Damn, Motherfucker" and his cover of "Cruisin"

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Thu Apr 18 2024
5

This is the peak. Mastery of form. It doesn’t get much better than this. One of my favorites that I’ve listened to at least 100 times. So good.

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