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Album Review

Get Lifted netted John Legend a major hit ("Ordinary People") that will be heard on adult contemporary stations and throwback-oriented programs as long as they exist, platinum status, and three Grammy titles — including the potential kiss of death that is Best New Artist. If Legend hadn't linked up with Kanye West or any other connected industry figure, he'd probably be well into a string of independent albums and would likely have a fanatical cult following through persistent touring. It doesn't take much exposure to his songs to sense this alternate scenario. No one can deny that Legend has had considerable help from his collaborators, and he continues to get that support this time out — there's West, will.i.am, Sa-Ra, Raphael Saadiq, Plant Life's Jack Splash, and a massive crew of session musicians — but it's already evident that Legend only needs a piano to get by. Even with its many producers, Once Again is much more focused than Get Lifted, and the quality of its songs is equally high. Legend's obviously doing everything in his power not to fall off. He pours so much of himself into each one of these songs, whether they're about flings with groupies or breakups with long-term girlfriends, that the album can begin to wear around the eighth track. The songs flit back and forth between easygoing, butterflies-of-love-type sentiments and deep drama, with both sides expressed through similar levels of intensity. As much as anyone else, Legend would benefit from the recent (and generally welcomed) return of the 40-minute R&B album. If the album is missing something, it's a snappy, unapologetically swaggering track in the vein of Get Lifted's "Used to Love U," or perhaps a song or two that doesn't seem intent on displaying impressive musicality, but there are enough undeniably bright spots to please those who have already been won over. While Once Again might not get as much attention as its predecessor, it's more assured and sounds nothing like an experiment to see what sticks. Legend now knows exactly where he fits, and he's not holding back in the least. [The 2007 Japanese edition added three bonus tracks, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "King & Queen," and "Baby Please Don't."]

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Wonderful

This is a great album. "Where did my baby go?" is gorgeous, "Show Me" is profound, and "Coming home" is a powerful statement about the current wars.

Good songs in a day where we really need them

The only thing surprising to me is the fact that that hardly anyone has bought this album so far. This is some of the best R&B, no, the some of the best SOUL I've heard in the past decade. John Legend has not dissappointed with his 2nd studio album: Once Again. He made songs wich aren't provocative, that have meaning, that keep their meaning throughout the song, and that epitomize the basic foundations on which music was first created. Those are points to bring out because such things are very rare in music generally lately, so that obviously means that this is an opportunity in one's best interest. In basic terms, true believers in music should at least give this album a try.

John Lengend-Once Again

John Legend has done it again. He outdoes every other R&B performer of his time and his music is real, not trash.It is a softer, and also edgyer version of Get Lifted. i purchased this album with no regret. I am not so sure about the bonus tracks and his music videos are good but have never really compared to his actual songs. 5 stars, and thats without a doubt. He is able to show his slow catchy songs and his Hip-Hop edge songs. John Legend is here, and here to stay for a long time. He doesnt fill his music with pointless collaborations of 30 second rap sessions in the middle that ruin the song like most artists do today. When he does collaborate with other artists its only entertaining and fun. Here is a ranking of my favorites songs on the album: 1. Heavan 2. Each Day Gets Better 3. Show Me 4.Stereo 5.Save Room

Biography

Born: December 28, 1978 in Springfield, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Grammy- and Academy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist John Legend, born John Stephens, was a child prodigy who grew up in Ohio, where he began singing gospel and playing piano at the age of five. Stephens left his home state at 16 to attend college in Philadelphia, and it was there that he first found a larger audience. Not yet out of his teens, Stephens was tapped to play piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything," a Top 40 hit for the Fugees member's 1998 album The Miseducation...
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