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John Legend – LEGEND (Album Review)

John Legend asks us to put respect on his name with the release of “LEGEND.”


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TOP 5

 

5. One Last Dance

There’s nothing salacious about “One Last Dance.” The song is simply a timeless-sounding R&B gem.

“One Last Dance” is my type of John Legend track. It’s uplifting, it’s invigorating, it’s vintage-sounding, and it’s heartwarming. Whenever you hook John up with an uptempo, old-school R&B beat (As they did here), he’s truly undefeated.

 

 

4. Love

Do you know how many times I said “amen” while listening to this song?

Matter of fact, I had the whole setup while listening to this song: My paper fan, my church hat, my white pearls, and some despair on my face. There’s soul, and then there’s the painful, deep southern soul that you hear in this song.

The way both John Legend and Jazmine Sullivan let their respective partners feel their love in this song is unbelievable.

 

 

3. Strawberry Blush

If your strawberry is blushing, it’s probably rotten.

All jokes aside, “Strawberry Blush” is one tranquil track. In it, John Legend slyly sings about dealing with a chick that has a sugary sweet body and serious sex appeal. I think the song’s melodies are as intoxicating as strawberries found at the bottom of moonshine jars. I think the Free Nationals production is as smooth as butter.

 

 

2. Honey

“Honey” is one of those joints that randomly play when you have it on a generic R&B channel on Pandora.

If you ask John Legend and Muni Long, honey (Not money) is what makes the world go ’round. Throughout “Honey,” the two singers hit us with sensual lyrics that will make you want to rob Winnie The Pooh at gunpoint. As expected, Muni and John’s vocals are stupendous, effervescent, sexy, and effective. As for the beat that they do their work over, it is on some delicate, jazzy, 90s R&B s**t.

 

 

1. Splash

John Legend, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jhené dive deep into “Splash” without a lifesaver.

As much as I like it when John Legend is on some uptempo R&B s**t, he might be at his best when he’s on some bedroom s**t. “Splash” is the ultimate bedroom track. It features a velvety instrumental that is meant to make horny individuals take their clothes off, very bold lyrics when it comes to sex, and vocals that are hella sly. For this song, I highly recommend that you keep your clothes limited.


SONG BY SONG RATING

1. Rounds (4/5)

2. Waterslide (4/5)

3. Dope (Ft. JID)(4/5)

4. Strawberry Blush (4.5/5)

5. Guy Like Me (3.5/5)

6. All She Wanna Do (3.5/5)

7. Splash (Ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Jhené) (5/5)

8. You (4/5)

9. Fate (Ft. Amber Mark) (3/5)

10. Love (Ft. Jazmine Sullivan) (4.5/5)

11. One Last Dance (4.5/5)

12. All She Wanna Do (Ft. Saweetie) (3.5/5)

1. Memories (4.5/5)

2. Nervous (4/5)

3. Wonder Woman (4.5/5)

4. Honey (4.5/5)

5. I Want You To Know (3.5/5)

6. Speak In Tongues (4/5)

7. The Other Ones (3.5/5)

8. Stardust (4/5)

9. Pieces (4/5)

10. Good (4/5)

11. I Don’t Love You Like I Used To (4/5)

12. Home (4.5/5)


RGM RATING

(B)

 

I know the kind of John Legend that I prefer to listen to. I also know the kind of John Legend that music critics champion. The good news is this: You get all the John Legends on this double disc. You get a John Legend, you get a John Legend, you get a John Legend!

You get two different vibes in LEGEND. On the first disc, John Legend gifts us with fun, somewhat risque, and uptempo music, while on disc 2, he flexes his soulful vocals way more. While I am a fan of all versions of John, the version I like the most is what you get from disc one. However, I can openly acknowledge that his performances on the second disc are more breathtaking.

One thing that I really like about LEGEND is the guest features on the album. Throughout, John Legend goes toe to toe with big-name artists such as Rick Ross, JID, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhene, and Saweetie. He also does some work with up-and-coming artists such as Amber Mark, Jada Kingdom, Muni Long, and Ledisi. Overall, I just feel all the artists give him some life, some punch, and some youthful energy.

My favorite John Legend album is his debut one. I can honestly say that LEGEND is my second favorite one by him. I just love how mature, comfortable, and daring he sounds on the album. The project is 24 tracks, so sit back, relax and appreciate the legend that is John.

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