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John Legend Get Lifted (CD)

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John Legend Get Lifted (CD)

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John Legend Get Lifted (CD)If you've listened to Top 40 radio or flipped through the video channels during the past few years, odds are pretty good you know something about John Legend. He played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything" and might as well be considered Kanye West's sidekick, having assisted the producer and MC on several sessions -- Jay-Z's "Encore" and Slum Village's "Selfish" being two of the more prominent 2004 singles featuring his work. A former choir director, he has also released a handful of energetic live discs, some of which are credited to his less hubristic birth name, John Stephens. And though he claims "I've got something new," you've also heard substantial chunks of Get Lifted in records made decades ago by Sly & the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, and Bill Withers. This might not be a problem for listeners who crave anything that recalls the music they first heard in their youth, but Legend's over-reliance upon his inspirations is an impediment as much as a slick way to grab attention. That's because he has more than enough talent and charm to get by on his own. His own lyrics and hooks are unique and clever enough to get the point across that he's no everyday R&B artist and, just as importantly, he has a personable and instantly fetching voice you could listen to all day long. However, the association with West -- whose Sony-distributed boutique label released the record -- is very helpful. Without it, Legend would likely be zoned into neo-soul (2003's Live at SOB's New York City really makes this notion apparent), thereby standing little chance of reaching the ears of anyone younger than 30. The production work supporting his songs strikes a fine balance between soul and hip-hop, allowing him to appeal to those who are coming from either angle. This is a very good record. It's a given that Legend is destined to make at least two others that top it. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide

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Music Genre
Contemporary R&B / Soul, R&B / Soul
Performer
John Legend
Record Label
CD
Brand
Anderson
Physical Media Format
CD
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
0.30 x 4.93 x 5.60 Inches
Release Date
12/28/2004

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Great CD

I love John Legend. This is his first CD and it is very enlightening. I love Ordinary People and So High. Overall it is a great CD. I would recommend all lovers of John Legend to buy this CD

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Great CD for any Husband in the Doghouse!

John Legend #8 Ordinary People is a wonderfully writen and performed song discussing problems in relationships, but offeres the suggestion of "take it slow". In my only life, playing it at the right moment with my wife helped us to communitate and "take it slow"

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Inspireing

I think it's inspireing and gives you peace within your soul when you need it the most. I find I can reach into the debts of peace and yet not feel like it's one of those "Mood" recordings. The music and lyrics are beautiful and it will help you thru anything. Could be considered romantic if you're lucky enough to have someone special to share it with.

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Love Legend

My husband is so thankful for this CD. It is a must have in collection.

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