Love in the Future [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This is John Legend's first solo studio album since 2008's Evolver. Between the two releases, he recorded the Grammy-winning Wake Up! with the Roots, scored a gold single with "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" (from the Think Like a Man soundtrack), was featured on a couple albums' worth of songs by other artists, and somehow managed to be deeply involved in philanthropy. He also got engaged. Although he proposed to model Chrissy Teigen five years after meeting her, much of Love in the Future seems drawn from a romance that was quicker to bloom. "The Beginning…" sets a tone of urgency with a scene from the day after their first night spent together. Legend sings with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This is John Legend's first solo studio album since 2008's Evolver. Between the two releases, he recorded the Grammy-winning Wake Up! with the Roots, scored a gold single with "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" (from the Think Like a Man soundtrack), was featured on a couple albums' worth of songs by other artists, and somehow managed to be deeply involved in philanthropy. He also got engaged. Although he proposed to model Chrissy Teigen five years after meeting her, much of Love in the Future seems drawn from a romance that was quicker to bloom. "The Beginning…" sets a tone of urgency with a scene from the day after their first night spent together. Legend sings with certitude, "Pick some names, boy or girl/Then we'll change, change the world." That sense of blissful urgency -- of seizing the moment, getting lost, and knowing that the future is set -- is belied in the pacing. Even the album's standard 16-track edition meanders at a crawling pace. It's broken up by the occasional soaring arrangement or some hypnotically clanking/pinging percussion, as heard on highlight "Made to Love," which resembles a latter-day Moby collaboration with distant handclapping, spooky background vocals, and a sample from Lil Louis' noisy house classic "Video Clash." This is a heavy, laboriously made set of songs. The list of producers alone includes Hit-Boy, Bink, 88 Keys, the Runners, Doc McKinney, Q-Tip, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Kanye West, and Dave Tozer pile on as co-producers and co-executive producers. Perhaps they ensured that the whole album would have its dramatic, slightly eerie tone; even the covers of Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes" and Anita Baker's "Angel" are a little uneasy. That level of sonic indulgence seems like it should be incompatible with an artist who is, essentially, a piano man, but Love in the Future is among Legend's best work, made for couples who are into one another for the long term while feeling a little daring and crazy. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837317726
  • Catalog Number: 373177
  • Sales rank: 2,848

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love in the Future (Intro) (0:40)
  2. 2 The Beginning (3:25)
  3. 3 Open Your Eyes (3:06)
  4. 4 Made to Love (4:00)
  5. 5 Who Do We Think We Are? - Rick Ross (4:52)
  6. 6 All of Me (4:29)
  7. 7 Hold on Longer (2:38)
  8. 8 Save the Night (3:09)
  9. 9 Tomorrow (3:32)
  10. 10 What If I Told You? (Interlude) (0:50)
  11. 11 Dreams (2:38)
  12. 12 Wanna Be Loved (3:06)
  13. 13 Angel (Interlude) - Stacy Barthe (1:24)
  14. 14 You & I (Nobody in the World) (4:12)
  15. 15 Asylum (3:17)
  16. 16 Caught Up (3:45)
  17. 17 So Gone (4:46)
  18. 18 We Loved It (4:02)
  19. 19 Aim High (4:18)
  20. 20 For the First Time (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Legend Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Seal Vocals
Mike Dean Guitar
Q-Tip Drums, Keyboards
The Twilite Tone Sampling
Richard Brice Viola
Chris Sholar Guitar
Wolfram Koessel Cello
Dave Tozer Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Hand Clapping
Steve Tirpak Trombone, Trumpet, Bass Trumpet
Jason Agel Hand Clapping
Rob Moose Violin
Rick Ross Vocals
Andrew Horowitz Piano, Keyboards
Louis Cato Bass
DJ Spider Turntables
Brandee Younger Harp
Malay Guitar, Keyboards
Mike Vecchio Hand Clapping
Jon Epcar Drums
Stacy Barthe Vocals
Nana Kwabena Sampling
Philip Payton Violin
Annaliesa Place Violin
Cyrus Beroukhim Violin
Mae Barizo Violin
Kiku Enomoto Violin
Orlando Wells Viola
Kenneth Whalum III Saxophone
Jessyca Wilson Vocals, Background Vocals
James Fauntleroy II Background Vocals
Ray Angry Keyboards
Mark Williams Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Hand Clapping
Danny Flam Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kimbra Vocals
Aude Cardona Vocals
Guordan Banks Background Vocals
Darhyl "DJ" Camper Jr. Keyboards
Ashley Rodriquez Background Vocals
Justin Baron Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Jermaine Jackson Composer
Seal Composer
Bruce Malament Composer
Mike Dean Engineer
Norman Harris Composer
Marshall Jefferson Composer
Lil' Louis Composer
Don McKinney Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Patrick Moten Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Q-Tip Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ed Townsend Composer
The Twilite Tone Producer, Additional Production
Allan Rich Composer
Mac Rebennack Composer
Robert E. Miller Composer
Ken Lewis Additional Production
Billy Mann Composer
John Rivers Engineer
Jim Caruana Engineer
Charles Njapa Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer, Producer
Martin McKinney Composer
Sandra Sully Composer
Blair Wells Engineer
Joseph Broussard Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
Carol Washington Composer
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Roosevelt Harrell Composer
88-Keys Producer
Andrew Coleman Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
John Stephens Composer
Dave Tozer Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Additional Production
Boogz Programming, Additional Production
Jason Mott Engineer
Brent Kolatalo Engineer
Steve Tirpak String Arrangements
John Legend Producer, Executive Producer
Jason Agel Engineer
Jeff Bhasker Composer
Toby Gad Composer
Sara Bareilles Composer
Andrew Horowitz Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
Jon David Anderson Composer, Producer
Ingrid Michaelson Composer
David Schuler Composer
Kyle Ross Engineer
The Runners Producer
Ralph Williams Composer
Rosie Danvers String Arrangements
Malay Programming, Producer, Engineer
Noah Goldstein Engineer
Nana Kwabena Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Additional Production
Hit-Boy Producer
Marcos Palacios Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Jessyca Wilson Composer
James Fauntleroy II Composer
William Roberts Composer
Ernest Clark Composer
Mark Williams Composer, Programming, Additional Production
Matthew Williams Art Direction
Virgil Abloh Art Direction
Bink! Producer
Joe Jonas Composer
Jacob Dennis Engineer
Bobby Caldwell Composer
Chauncey Hollis Composer
Guordan Banks Composer
Eddie Blackmon Executive Producer
Kimbra Johnson Composer
Dan Wilson Composer
Anthony Khan Composer
Travi$ Scott Composer, drum programming
Darhyl "DJ" Camper Jr. Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
James Ryan Ho Composer
Andrew Hurr Composer
David L. Anderson Producer
Justin Baron Composer
Kevin Cosson Composer
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