23. D'Angelo, 'Voodoo'
The decade's most magnificent R&B record was also its most inventive — so far ahead of its time that it still sounds radical. The Virginia-born sex mystic spent almost five years on this suite of experimental make-out ballads, with collaborators like the Roots' ?uestlove. Voodoo pushed old-school soul and funk into a futurama of pelvic-raygun bass lines and zero-gravity polyrhythms. As he testifies in "Chicken Grease," "I'm like that old bucket of Crisco/Sitting on top of the stove." Always a mystery man, D'Angelo vanished almost immediately and hasn't been heard from since — but the way Voodoo lingers in the mind, he'll get a warm welcome whenever he returns.
• Rolling Stone's Original 2000 Review