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25 year old singer songwriter-pianist who you have seen and heard whether you know it or not. List of credits to his name so far are: Featured vocalist, pianist and co-writer on several tracks from KANYE WEST'S debut "College Dropout" including "Never Let Me Down" w/Jay-Z, Vocalist and pianist on "Encore" and "Lucifer" from Jay-Z's "The Black Album", Vocalist on "You Don't Know My Name" lead single from Alicia Keys' "The Diary of Alicia Keys", & much more.

Given the sped-up classic soul samples with which Kanye West has made his mark, it comes as no surprise that the producer/rapper would pick a tradition-minded R&B singer as his first big pet project. Legend first made his name on Philly's incense-clouded, '70s-obsessed neo-soul scene, then found his way to New York and became West's right-hand man in the studio. His patron's pop smarts serve Legend well--while many contemporary R&B records rely too heavily on a singer's cadence and skill to carry underdeveloped tunes, Legend and West have composed genuine songs like the perky "Number One," which has a lovestruck West jabbering that he no longer believes that "my heart don't got nothing to do with my penis." (It's way more convincing than Snoop Dogg's pledge of love on the next track, "I Can Change.") And even when the melodies are slight, West slides some nasty bass lines underneath, hinting at just enough of a hip-hop sensibility to keep the album from drifting into retro nostalgia. Yet Legend is no mere producer's plaything. His voice isn't immediately distinctive; he's neither as careworn as Anthony Hamilton nor as creamy as D'Angelo. But his gift for restraint sets him apart: the sex-as-drug metaphor of the title track is hardly fresh, but Legend delivers it smoothly enough to make it work, without pressing the issue. All bedroom come-ons have been used before. This late in the game, it's a matter of how well you use 'em. --Keith Harris

1. Prelude
2. Let's Get Lifted
3. Used To Love U
4. Alright
5. She Don't Have To Know
6. Number One
7. I Can Change
8. Ordinary People
9. Stay With You
10. Let's Get Lifted Again
11. So High
12. Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)
13. It Don't Have To Change
14. Live It Up

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  • Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002X314C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on January 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although his surname may be something he picked up from an old friend in Chicago, John Legend's debut album "Get Lifted" proves a definite validation in the making. A gifted singer, songwriter and pianist, he has already gotten his hands dirty as a session player and songwriter for the likes of Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and Twista. He even played piano on Lauryn Hill's 1999 Top 40 hit "Everything Is Everything" when he was still a teenager, and his work on Kayne West's debut album "College Dropout" that helped yield sizzling success last year led West to produce "Get Lifted."

Although criticism that he has relied too much on his influences to guide his musical direction is semi-justified, Legend (real name John Stevens) has more than enough talent and charisma at his disposal that one listen to the album will leave no doubt in the minds of listeners that he is something special. With his sparkling strokes on the keys of his piano and his singing expressive and powerful, "Get Lifted" will make some think that Alicia Keys' male counterpart has arrived on the scene. It is appropriate, then, that she utilized his talents on her "Diary of Alicia Keys" album and has him to support her on her forthcoming tour.

Although the initial single "Used to Love U" was the most obvious song for radio play, it is a mere taste of what the album has to offer. Current single "Ordinary People," which is currently ascending the Hot 100, is full-fledged musical rapture, infused with crystalline passion and grace. Anyone who has heard this song and is not smart enough to appreciate the talent behind it will not like the rest of the LP either.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By F. Ross Whittendale on March 15, 2005
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Remember when Alicia Keys first came out and a lot of haters said that she really couldn't sing, and that she was just this poor little Clive Davis puppet? Years later she proved that she belongs, and I think that John Legend will do the same.

They said Keys was overated. No! She was not overated, but she was over-hyped. There is a difference. We got tired of seeing her on the cover of every mag and hearing how good she was. Once Mr. Stephens gets out on tour and away from the shadow of Mr. West he'll prove that he is more substance than hype as well.

He's not the female Alicia Keys, he's more like the male Mary J. Blige. And you know what I mean by that, his voice IS NOT pitch perfect; but damn if he doesn't put enough emotion in his sung lyrics to take your mind back to the same situation he's singing about. He's the truth.

True R&B is pretty miserable right now. This album is not just another I love you, I need you, I want you R&B record. In time and with polish he'll be among the elite as Maxwell and Brian Mcknight are now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dra Ana Pena on May 10, 2006
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Totally love this album. I must confess it was very VERY pleasent surprise when I receive this item and had the DVD with the concert. There is only one thing: I live in Europe and don't think I will be able to see the DVD.... but I also haven't tried. If I'll be able, I hope to have such good result from it as from the CD.

But I must say: the CD is NOT live (as I thought it would be when I purchase it). Nevertheless..... is FABULASTIC!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lucas W. Reynolds on March 31, 2006
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With his debut album, Get Lifted, John Legend manages to avoid the over-commercial/under-creative stigma of many R&B singers without pigeonholing himself with the label of "just another neo-soul artist". Beyond that, he puts forth an honest and cohesive statement that he is a force to be reckoned with, especially when paired with mercurial producer, Kanye West.

There is an unmistakable narrative in Get Lifted. It starts with Legend spouting braggadocio and unapologetic accounts of womanizing over slick hip-hop beats. The production on "I Used to Love You" is one of Kanye's finest moments, and provides the album with an early highlight. "Alright" and "She Don't Have to Know" (which cops the opening of Sly & the Family Stone's "Luv & Haight") both breach the subject of infidelity, but nowhere near as audaciously as "Number One". With its bouncy Curtis Mayfield loop and campy guest spot from West, "Number One" is one of the most infectious tunes on the album. Legend's lyrics are so flippant, though, that it comes off almost insulting, but it perfectly captures the mindset of the habitual cheater. By the time "I Can Change" comes around, we have no doubt that the song's title is a bald-faced lie. The song turns out to be a pivot point for the whole album, however. Starting off in the same vein as all of the previous tracks, "I Can Change" is a hip-hop/R&B hybrid with dense horns, a steady groove and even a verse by Snoop Dog. Legend is re-treading much of the same ground as he did in "Number One", but there is an actual touch of sincerity to his voice. Somewhere along the way, Kanye and John completely flip the script and take us to church, dropping the horn samples and the bass and bringing in a full choir while Legend makes us believe that a change really is going to come.
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