In loving memory of the weekly Wednesday 5 threads, an anytime/anyplace thread for music you are digging.
I'll start it by noting the publication of the annual Pazz Jop poll, which gave album of the year honors to D'Angelo's Black Messiah.
I'm fine with that pick. For all the hip hype, it's a great album. I'm not the world's biggest Voodoo fan (I like it, respect it) so I was legitimately surprised by this one. In comparison, Black Messiah is looser, messier, grimier, and better for it. It's not quite true that it's a better Prince album than Prince released in 2014 -- it's too much its own thing. But it is definitely a better album, period, than Prince (or nearly anyone) released in 2014.