Monster Mashup: D’Angelo on S.O.S. Band’s “Tell Me If You Still Care”

Posted March 6, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in News

D’Angelo takes a trip down memory lane with a little S.O.S.

All eyes and ears are locked on the Second Coming of D’Angelo, the once declared R&B Jesus.

Thanks to some killer intervention from Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson of the Roots, 2013 will give birth to a highly anticipated album from the R&B recluse. In the meantime, D’Angelo – born Michael Eugene Archer – showcased both new tunes and old school favorites at Brooklyn Bowl on March 4 before a very anxious crowd of 600 D’Angelo devotees. Derek Trucks and recent Grammy winner Robert Glasper were even in attendance.

With ?uestlove on drums and D’Angelo on vibes, the set felt very organic as they rushed through Sly Stone, Prince and Funkadelic classics. The few new songs that sprung out of the live sessions (“The Root,” “Real Love”) may not have been recorded for posterity (that would constitute of leaking, wouldn’t it).

Thankfully, Okayplayer posted D’Angelo’s reworking of the S.O.S. Band’s “Tell Me If You Still Care.” The 1983 gem, a Quiet Storm classic on black radio, was showered with his bright falsetto, almost as if he was deliberately channeling Ron Isley. With just the right amount of Rhodes piano, Thompson’s signature beats and that silky voice from a reinvigorated D’Angelo, “Tell Me If You Still Care” was perfectly reintroduced to the next generation.



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