If you’re a true music lover, you’re probably well aware that Terence Trent D’Arby didn’t stop making good music after his Grammy-winning debut, “Introducing the Hardline According To…”. Actually, Terence used his success to further his artistic vision, going on to make an additional four albums that fused rock and soul better than just about anyone not named Prince Rogers Nelson.
“TTD’s Wildcard!” was released in 2003, after Terence underwent a Prince-like name change of sorts, preferring to be known as Sananda Maitreya. The first single released from the project was the rock-etched groover “Designated Fool”. Featuring a tasty guitar groove, a stuttering bassline, and Terence/Sananda’s sensual growl (as well as his poetic lyrics), it was unfortunately the result of not only minimal promotion (I can’t even remember how I found out “Wildcard” had been released. I think I just accidentally noticed it in a record store), but also American audience’s disappointing but not surprising apathy towards TTD.
Terence/Sananda has not released an album on American shores since, which is a damn shame, because music sure could use him right now. Check out this performance of “Designated Fool” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, then go on Amazon or wherever and pick up a copy of “Wildcard!”. You won’t regret it.