Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 18.08.10Present day D’Angelo is a far cry from the corn-rowed, supremely-toned, fervent twenty something artist we knew and loved 15 years ago. Nevertheless, after a long voluntary rift in his career as a soul/R&B artist, his presence in Berlin was welcomed with a full house at C-Halle last Saturday. Not surprisingly a preachor’s son, his songs and performance are peppered with religious innuendo and spiritual nods. Beginning the show with questioning our faith in love and continuing with songs like ‘Prayer’, ‘1000 Deaths’ and the rest of his latest album, Black Messiah, the show was an eccentric resurgence to put it lightly. After a late start, the last of the guests trickled in and a familiar haze filled the air, encasing the crowd. D’Angelo seemed to bask in the glory of his revival – genuinely enjoying his own performance so much that he played for two hours. His new band, The Vanguard, provided some exceptional accompaniment – ranging from guitarist Jesse Johnson to bassist Pino Palladino. A few tracks from his last album, VooDoo, were weaved throughout – although his biggest hit ‘Untitled’ only made an appearance for the few guests who stayed after multiple encores.