Buried in obscurity for the past 14 years, R&B singer D'Angelo has resurfaced — his new record, “Black Messiah,” presenting a tempestuous blend of funk, soul, rock and gospel. But “Black Messiah” is more than just a comeback record.
No one can be sure, save for Ty Segall himself, why the multifaceted guitarist named his seventh record “Manipulator.” But this title brings with it a duality ? the word itself has either a negative or positive connotation ? which finds itself at home in the album’s stylistic blueprint.