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Get Lifted

John LegendAudio CD
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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 (448 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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.

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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect Great Things From Him For a Long Time to Come 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's got it! March 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing "Ordinary"... (4.5 Stars) February 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
They say, "Persistence pays off". After years of working behind the scenes (like playing on Lauryn Hill's 1999 "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill": "Everything is Everything" and title track "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill") John Legend (Stephens) is finally the front man. "Get Lifted" is one impressive debut that ranges from R&B/Soul ballads to R&B/Hip Hop hybrids, both complemented with the piano. Highlights include the instantly intriguing "Let's Get Lifted", its vocally impressive counterpart "Let's Get Lifted Again", the catchy "I Can Change" & "Alright", the beautiful "Ordinary People", the soulful "Stay With You", and the best song on the album, the incredible "She Don't Have To Know" where the perspective is switched onto the two people cheating. Noble? No. Unique? With the way John Legend presents it; definitely. The only place where the album falters is the collaboration with Kanye West; "Number One" sounds like an obligatory track between the "mentor" and "protégé" (and Kanye just kills the song with his verse). But overall, the album is exceptional from start to finish. With innovative and fresh-sounding material, John Legend proves that he is not just another "throwaway artist", but rather an artist that has potential and whose talent will inevitably extent far into his career.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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55 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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when I heard him on Chicago's radion staion B96, in the studio with the piano singing Ordinary People. The CD was supposed to be released in November, early December but the release date was pushed back. Anyone who can go into a radio station and literally sing his heart out like, Mr. Ledgend did, deserves all the kudos he is getting right now. In the time of these NONE artists out here, here is someone who is a writer, musician and singer like Alicia Keys, making his mark. He will be around for a very long time. Good breakthrough start for Chi-Town's Kanye West's new label.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good stuff. A little slow.
Published 19 days ago by linda cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend...wait for it...dary
This album truly lives up to its and the artists name. The music is soulful and uplifting in parts, while showing a full range of emotions in others. The aptly named Mr. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Matthew Wilham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 27 days ago by Alberto E. Diaz III
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary performer of the 21st Century.
I had a co-worker who responded like the above when I asked who is John Legend. I didn't believe at first but now I'm sold! I love this album as great background music at work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andre King
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted
John Legend is a very gifted singer who expresses the emotion of love. The music and words combined are beyond beautiful.
Published 2 months ago by Zegnarocket
5.0 out of 5 stars John Legend's Best
I have all of John Legend's albums and this remains my favorite. Every tracks holds up, there's no feeling of "filler".
Published 4 months ago by Terri in New York
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, Uplifting Song
I never give five stars but this one is very good. I saw him in concert too... Wow! Check it out.
Published 4 months ago by Bic
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is not my first time purchasing, but the hard copy was lost in a recent move. Love this cd.
Published 4 months ago by Jauna Young
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT!!!!
I love this man!!! His vocals are Hot, hot, hot!!!! Just sit back and chill out to the smooth sound of Mr. Legend!!!
Published 4 months ago by Ellen Isom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
John Legend has this gift of being an amazing R&B singer/musician. His music is just easy listening!! Pop it in at home or in the car you can't go wrong!!
Published 4 months ago by VIVIAN DELGADO
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