15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his revelatory neo-soul debut, John Legend accompanies himself on piano and organ, delivering a passionate and throaty performance as the backing vocals swell with gospel fervor. Still, his songs are suffused with worldly temptation. He cheats on a lover over the organic soul of “She Don’t Have to Know,” then apologizes for his indiscretions on “I Can Change.” “Ordinary People” finds him alone at a piano counting the ways men and women disappoint each other, but he uncovers new reasons to be hopeful in the end, singing, “Let’s just take it slow.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his revelatory neo-soul debut, John Legend accompanies himself on piano and organ, delivering a passionate and throaty performance as the backing vocals swell with gospel fervor. Still, his songs are suffused with worldly temptation. He cheats on a lover over the organic soul of “She Don’t Have to Know,” then apologizes for his indiscretions on “I Can Change.” “Ordinary People” finds him alone at a piano counting the ways men and women disappoint each other, but he uncovers new reasons to be hopeful in the end, singing, “Let’s just take it slow.”

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