Evolver

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Evolver is more clever and appealing as an album title than Dabbler, yet the latter would be much more emblematic of John Legend's third studio album. Legend is up-front about his lane changes, which begin with the album's lead single, "Green Light," decked out in giddy synthesizers à la Paul McCartney's "A Wonderful Christmas Time" or, OK, the glitziest part of Kanye West's "Flashing Lights" while benefiting from André 3000's off-the-cuff appearance. Following it is "It's Over," a relatively characteristic breakup song that continues to set the tone for the album's anything-goes nature. There's a show-stopping ballad, a reggae-flavored Estelle feature, flashes of tropical...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Evolver is more clever and appealing as an album title than Dabbler, yet the latter would be much more emblematic of John Legend's third studio album. Legend is up-front about his lane changes, which begin with the album's lead single, "Green Light," decked out in giddy synthesizers à la Paul McCartney's "A Wonderful Christmas Time" or, OK, the glitziest part of Kanye West's "Flashing Lights" while benefiting from André 3000's off-the-cuff appearance. Following it is "It's Over," a relatively characteristic breakup song that continues to set the tone for the album's anything-goes nature. There's a show-stopping ballad, a reggae-flavored Estelle feature, flashes of tropical lushness, a couple throwbacks to soul-informed soft rock, a track full of chunky synth riffs, a brave topical message song to close, and a couple other diversions throughout. Legend often sounds like he is occupied by the satisfaction that comes with hearing what his vocal cords are capable of achieving.
Entertainment Weekly
Legend is still at his best when he plays to his voice's strengths with clean-cut ballads like''Everybody Knows.'' [B+]
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
The third studio release from neo-soul's answer to a lounge lizard. With guests Kanye, Andre 3000 and Legend's own protegee, Estelle.

The third studio release from neo-soul's answer to a lounge lizard. With guests Kanye, Andre 3000 and Legend's own protegee, Estelle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2008
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • EAN: 4547366041507
  • Catalog Number: 2074
  • Sales rank: 341,763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning Intro (0:46)
  2. 2 Green Light (4:44)
  3. 3 It's Over (4:27)
  4. 4 Everybody Knows (4:35)
  5. 5 Quickly (3:42)
  6. 6 Cross The Line (3:22)
  7. 7 No Other Love - Estelle (3:59)
  8. 8 This Time (4:23)
  9. 9 Satisfaction (4:45)
  10. 10 Take Me Away (3:03)
  11. 11 Good Morning (4:01)
  12. 12 I Love, You Love (4:35)
  13. 13 If You're Out There (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Legend Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sue Raney Bass
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Ron Blair Bass (Vocal)
Darius Campo Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Larry Corbett Cello, Celli
Raymond Davis Tenor (Vocal)
Dean Fraser Horn
Larry Gold Conductor
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Trevor Horn Guitar
Sonia Jackson Alto (Vocal)
Luis Jardim Percussion
Victor Lawrence Cello, Celli
John Meeks Bass (Vocal)
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Robin Olson Violin
Tim Pierce Guitar
Katia Popov Violin
Cecilia Tsan Cello, Celli
Brandy Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ann Atkinson Bass
Lesa Terry Violin
Drew Dembowski Bass
Julie Rogers Violin
Tomi Martin Guitar
Pam Dearing Soprano (Vocal)
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Chris Walden Conductor
Pharrell Williams Percussion, Background Vocals
Shawn Mann Viola
Dana Kelley French Horn
Jerry Freeman Trumpet
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Kanye West Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Irina Voloshina Violin
Shannon Sanders Keyboards
Pete Donnelly Bass
Mitchum Chin Guitar, Keyboards
Piotr Jandula Viola
Agape Choir Of Santa Monica Choir, Chorus
André 3000 Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kebbi Williams Tenor Saxophone
Carolyn Riley Viola
Alexandra Leem Viola
Dave Tozer Guitar, Keyboards
Shalini Vijayan Violin
Hornz Unlimited Horn
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Richard L. Owens Trombone
Lorenz Gamma Violin
Jenny Kim French Horn
Jason Powell Tenor (Vocal)
Charles "Spud" Murphy Bass (Vocal)
Sharief Hobley Guitar
Neel Hammond Violin
Jason Freeman Trumpet
Estelle Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joshua "Trumpet Solo" Lopez Guitar
Joel Pargman Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Angel Travis Soprano (Vocal)
Stephen Tirpak Keyboards
Malay Keyboards, Various
Neil Samples Violin
Eugene "Man Man" Roberts Keyboards, Vocoder
Terrence "Scar" Smith Background Vocals
Jonnie Acuna Tenor (Vocal)
Teddy Bass Tenor (Vocal)
Rickie Byars Beckwith Alto (Vocal)
La Donna Bennett Soprano (Vocal)
Windy Biealich Soprano (Vocal)
Lynn Biehl Alto (Vocal)
Ian Cousineau Bass (Vocal)
Nina Evtuhov Violin
Toyian Forte Tenor (Vocal)
Rikk Galvin Bass (Vocal)
Miriam Green Alto (Vocal)
Sue Hanney Bass
Paul Harburger Bass (Vocal)
Joy Bella Heilig Soprano (Vocal)
Tracette Hillman Alto (Vocal)
Skip Jennings Tenor (Vocal)
Michelle Lactose Alto (Vocal)
Jan Lebow Alto (Vocal)
Marianne Lewis Soprano (Vocal)
Robert Martin Violin
Tim McAffee Lewis Conductor, Choir Conductor
Sayida Peprah Soprano (Vocal)
Elle Perrault Soprano (Vocal)
Ramon Pratt Bass (Vocal)
Rev. Diana Presley Soprano (Vocal)
Reirani Alto (Vocal)
Lisa Michelle Tallamentes Soprano (Vocal)
Laurie Wilder Alto (Vocal)
Candice Anderson Background Vocals
James Thatcher French Horn
Marc Sazer Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Kate Reddish Viola
Jennie Levin Violin
Agape International Choir Vocals
Jessyca Wilson Background Vocals
Charles Parker Violin
Christopher Breaux Background Vocals
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Larry Gold Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Trevor Horn Producer, Audio Production
Nick Ingman Arranger, String Arrangements
Steve MacMillan Engineer
Tim Weidner Engineer
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
David Kutch Mastering
will.i.am Producer, Audio Production
Kanye West Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Kawan "KP" Prather Producer, Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Shannon Sanders Audio Production
Mitchum Chin Producer, Audio Production
Pete Murray Arranger, String Arrangements
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Conrad Golding Engineer
Dave Tozer Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Dapo Torimiro Producer
Vincent Peters Cover Photo
Bruce Waynne Producer, Audio Production
Dirty Swift Audio Production
Padraic Kerin Engineer
John Legend Producer, Executive Producer, Author, Audio Production
DeVon "Devo" Harris Producer, Audio Production
Ne-Yo Producer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Quincy Jackson Marketing
Syience Audio Production
Drew Ramsey Audio Production
Stephen Tirpak Arranger, String Arrangements
Malay Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Eugene "Man Man" Roberts Programming
Geno Regist Engineer
Joe Bisirri Engineer
Marcus John Bryant Producer, Audio Production
Christopher Breaux Audio Production, Vocal Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I loved all of the songs but I think his greatest hit will be "Green Light" as it is a fantastic catchy song.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous Album!

    I love listening to every song on this album! He goes from Dance to Intimate to Singing for a Change.. I love this Album! Made me a life time fan.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It works 4 Me

    I have his other 2 albums and this one is great also. He is changing a little bit but its a good change. He's using different music but it fits him. As long as he doesn't give up the piano I'm fine. My favorites are It's Over, Quickly, No Other Love, Satisfaction, Cross the Line, Take Me Away, and Good Morning.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is John Legend

    This CD is real nice. I can see myself playing it for like a good month without getting tired. The first 5 tracks are my favorite but I think all the songs have the potential to be hits.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!

    I love this cd. John is the type of artist I love... he is not afraid to try new things. Only a true artist can appreciate that because that is what art is: RISK. All of the songs on EVOLVER are diverse yet high quality. My favorite songs on the album are NO OTHER LOVE featuring Estelle and QUICKLY featuring Brandy. When will QUICKLY be out as a single?!?! This is a quality cd that I will listen to over and over clear into next year! Way to go John. You rock.

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