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by John Legend

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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 McCartneySee more details below


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.

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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.

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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)
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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