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Once Again Import

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Once Again, the much-anticipated second solo album from the multi-platinum Grammy-winning artist John Legend. Once Again is the sophomore studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, and the first single is Save Room. He has worked with a great list of producers and co-writers, including Kanye West, will. I. am, Raphael Saadiq, Craig Street, Sa-Ra, Eric Hudson, Devo Springsteen, Dave Tozer and Avenue. There is a special guest appearance from Mary J. Blige. Though he had worked with Blige before, Legend said he got to know her better this time around. "She's really sweet and she's very easy to work with, very humble. It was kind of refreshing. " the album has a range of influences, from soul to hip-hop to classic pop to alternative. "It's not dramatically different, but I think people see it as a growth and an extension for me. It's a richer sound. The production is more developed. I just tried to do it with the highest standards of quality. "

It takes guts, if not outright egomania, to abandon your given surname and adopt a loaded one like Legend, but the former John Stephens must have sensed that loftiness would one day be his calling card: Once Again, the follow-up to the Grammy-gobbling, platinum pile-on that was Get Lifted, surpasses expectations. Not that it bears much relation to its predecessor. Again again trots out a stable of talented, modern-minded producers--Raphael Saadiq, Legend comrade Kanye West, and the unsinkable it's nowhere near as self-conscious about embracing the old-school as the knowing, R&B edge-skimming Lifted. Don't expect a derivative mash of smudgy, nostalgia-filching sounds, though, because despite its retro leanings, what's in store somehow crackles with currency. Call it neo-retro if you must, but never call it unimaginative: first single "Save Room" coasts, drifts, and floats along a ponderous path spiked by a cool keyboard-y crescendo; second single "Heaven" busts out a big, busy beat over a slow seduction; and a couple of selections--"Each Day Gets Better" and "PDA"--are so bright and twirly they seem custom-made for dizzy love scenes or jaunty, sunny-day skips through the park. Maybe the most unusual track is "Show Me," a rock song that pilfers elements of Hendrix and finds Legend climbing a few octaves to sound, weirdly, like Jeff Buckley, but it works: so slippery is its beat and so affecting are its hope-laced lyrics that, oddness aside, it's among the disc's best. Sandwiched as it is among 14 songs that all sound like future classics, that's saying something. --Tammy La Gorce

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Save Room
  2. Heaven
  3. Stereo
  4. Show Me
  5. Each Day Gets Better
  6. P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)
  7. Slow Dance
  8. Again
  9. Maxine
  10. Where Did My Baby Go
  11. Maxine's Interlude
  12. Another Again
  13. Coming Home

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: G.O.O.D. MUSIC/ Sony Urban Music/ Columbia
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Once Again", John's new album, is many things, chief among them, it's a pop/soul album fueled by intelligence, intuition, sensuality, spirit and a creativity made possible when which includes Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West, Craig Street and, who brought the lead single, 'Save Room' to John.

Breezy and sexy, 'Save Room' is a joyful, cool love song, inspired by an old AM radio single, 'Stormy', by the Classics IV (a 60's Top 40 band best-known for 'Spooky').

Even more so than he did on 'Get Lifted', John went boldly in his own creative direction on 'Once Again', opting to write, not from a marketing standpoint, but from his heart and soul and personal experience.

Laced with a somewhat more dramatic flair is the mid-tempo 'Where Did My Baby Go'. John takes a somewhat political perspective on the stately 'Coming Home'.

Relationship ups and downs are the subject of the swaying Kanye West-produced 'Heaven Only Knows'.

'Show Me', which John cites as one of his favorites, is hushed, haunting and deliberately ambiguous (co-produced by Raphael Saadiq and Craig Street ).

Just as Kanye West tows hip-hop along a more cerebral path, so his protege (and fellow college boy) John Legend prefers master-crafted, soulful R&B to the bump, grind and glitter of his contemporaries.

Like his Grammy-winnning debut "Get Lifted", this impeccably produced follow-up runs a knowing gamut of styles and eras, taking in Motown, crooning, polished pop and even a hint of bossa nova.

You can forgive Legend's showtune and piano lounge moments for his gorgeous, lived-in voice. Whether whispering mournfully on 'Show Me' or giving it the come-hither purr on 'Slow Dance', it gently nudges the heart into submission.
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Just when you thought it was safe to come back down to earth after you got lifted two years ago, back comes Legend like a breath of fresh air to send your spirits soaring once again.

Face it folks, this is as smooth and mellow as R&B/Soul is ever gonna get, and this is a perfect album to get for that workaholic friend or family member who really needs to take some time to sit back and experience some good music.

First single "Save Room" needs no further introduction, and is one of the best R&B songs this year so far, but don't underestimate the rest of the album. Second single "Heaven" takes up the pace a bit with a nice little jazzy groove, and then he goes a tad Hip Hop with "Stereo" (Note: turn yours up). "Show Me" is a smooth fusion of R&B and rock, and then it's retro time with "Each Day Gets Better" which reminds me of the Eagles' "Best of My Love".

A nice piano intro brings in the romantic "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)", and then it's way, way back in time to the days of Sam Cooke and company for "Slow Dance". After a quiet interlude with "Again", we get served a back-to-back pair of songs that can carry the album all by themselves. I'm talking about "Maxine" and my favorite track "Where Did My Baby Go", and I'll be very disappointed if the latter doesn't make it to hit single status. "Maxine's Interlude" gives a little breathing space before the album comes to an end in grand style with "Another Again" and the excellent "Coming Home".

Versatile, talented, and with a voice that gets way down and tugs your heart strings, Legend proves that he's no mere urban myth.

Amanda Richards, October 24, 2006
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John Legend is a rare breed of talent in the music business, more particularly the R&B industry today; he is unafraid to indulge into the soulful sound of R&B prominent in the 1960s and the 1970s. While GET LIFTED was an excellent portrait of anachronistic soul music in the twenty-first century, ONCE AGAIN just might be an even more soulful example than its predecessor. It is hard to say that ONCE AGAIN is better than the platinum, Grammy-winning debut, but it certainly is on equal footing if it isn't more daring than the exceptional debut.

The album opens up strong with haunting first single, the soul wrenching "Save Room" which features a very vintage sounding production coupled with sample "Stormy". The effect initially seemed a bit bland to me when I first heard "Save Room", but it has grown on me to a point that I really dig what Legend is doing as a musician.

Just as amazing is the second track "Heaven", which features a sample from soul classic "Heaven Knows". The Kanye West produced track features infectious, soulful repetition of the line "heaven only knows, heaven only knnows". Legend here sounds as soulful as he has ever sounds, especially coupled with West's great hip-hop drum programming giving this track both a retro and contemporary feel.

"Stereo", track three, features some of the most creative songwriting I've seen in a while. The drum programming is incredibly hard, for a soul track particularly making it have the "oomph" of classic soul music with a "dash" of "2006" as well. The organ adds a whole other dimension to the music and the bass line is incredibly deep and "bumping" for lack of better words.
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the track save room is a remake of the classic iv's stormy?
Music fan, you are right. In the bio at his myspace, there is a quote from John saying that Save Room comes directly from a sample of Stormy. So I'm sure he gives the proper credit to Classic IV or the composers as he should.
Oct 17, 2006 by Cassandra |  See all 20 posts
Once Again=Classic!
Yeah, I'm enjoying John Legend's 3rd (YES 3rd!) CD!! His 1st CD was actually 'John STEPHENS Live At S.O.B.'s'..before the name change!!.
At any rate if you'd like to make this CD even better remaster your disc & add the following tracks as BONUS CUTS...

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Nov 24, 2006 by Seand67 |  See all 4 posts
Does anyone else have a really staticy track 10?
I have the same sound on my copy. It's more than likely part of the song. To give that ol' time flavor.
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