John Legend

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Authors: Marissa HuttonGavel The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Legend brings soul back once again

This ain’t your high school love song; this is grown folks’ music.

Ever since what I now remember as “that fateful night” last year when I was channel surfing and came across him singing and playing the piano on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, I have made spreading the word about the music of John Stephans, better known as John Legend my mission.

My love for him aside, Legend has become a force to be reckoned with in the music biz. With a discography including his Grammy winning debut album, “Get Lifted,” as well as live performance albums like “Live at SOB’s” and “Soul Sessions, Vol. 1 Live at the Knitting Factory,” he has earned his right to work with the likes of Kanye West and Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

His latest album, “Once Again” only adds to his credibility as a singer, songwriter and musician overall.

“Once Again” features 13 new tracks from the R&B crooner, including the first single “Save Room,” an upbeat sample of a ’60s love song.

In true Legend style, the majority of the songs are about relationships, including one about cheating – aptly named “Again.” On this track he speaks on the “fleeting joy and fading ecstasy” of a secret romance, much like “She Don’t Have to Know.” On “Get Lifted.”

On the unconventional “P.D.A. (we just don’t care)” Legend professes his “love for exhibition.”

Unlike some of the more crude lyrics in today’s hip hop and Top 40, Legend maintains his smooth and sexy swagger without objectifying woman or playing into today’s stereotypical role of over sexualized men.

Legend also touches on current events with “Coming Home,” which Legend explained is about “a soldier who wants to come back to his family,” on his Web site, www.johnlegend.com.

“Stereo,” “Slow Dance” and “Where Did My Baby Go,” are also key tracks.

Whether you like to belt out classic R&B song ever now and again or grove to a soulful track at the end of the day, Legend brought his own unique version of sexy back once again.

Campus Editor Marissa Hutton-Gavel can be reached at verve@collegian.com. The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the individual author and not necessarily those of the Collegian.

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If you like Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys or Kanye West you’ll love John Legend.

Key Tracks: “Save Room”

“Stereo”

“Again”

Catch a live performance on Nov. 13 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colo.

For more information visit www.johnlegend.com

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