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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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John Legend is a legend!! Great CD and his voice is one of a kind. Any song he writes turns to gold! Great Purchase!!Published 8 months ago by MAK
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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
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...
14. On Top Of The World (Was previously... Read More
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.
Dec 2, 2006 by Cedric Johnson | See all 2 posts