D'Angelo dubbed his current tour, "The Second Coming", which makes his stop at Deep Ellum's Bomb Factory more fitting than ever, as the venue itself is in its resurrected form. Touring off his latest, critically-acclaimed album, Black Messiah, D'Angelo is stepping back into the spotlight as one of R&B's elite and soul's second coming. The anticipation for this show was elevated by the fact that D'Angelo and this band, the Vanguard, were playing less than twenty shows during this tour. That anticipation hit fever pitch days before the show as D'Angelo electrified at Bonnaroo day's earlier. With so much excitement for one show, most would find themselves let down by unmatched expectations. Truth be told, the show far exceeded all expectations and then some.
D'Angelo led the Vanguard, ten individuals of master talent, that delivered dynamic, pure energy throughout the Bomb Factory. D'Angelo might have been the focal point of most of the crowd, but he was only a piece of the musical puzzle that created nothing but waves of fantastic sound. But to be honest, D'Angelo ruled the night. He channeled his inner James Brown and Prince, belting out song after song with effortless swagger and raw emotion. The setlist was more groups of melodies than actual songs, blending in to one another creating ten to fifteen minute jam sessions where the Vanguard proved to be one of the most formidable bands I've ever seen. Ending the night with "Untitled (How Does It Feel)", D'Angelo wowed the crowd was his amazing falsetto voice and wooed them into submission. It was absolutely one of the best shows I've seen in a while and will probably prove to be one of the best of the year. Photos of the show are below:
D'Angelo and the Vanguard @ the Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 1:30:00 PM Rating: