Once Again

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Get Lifted netted John Legend a major hit "Ordinary People" that will be heard on adult contemporary stations and throwback-oriented programs as long as they exist, platinum status, and three Grammy titles -- including the potential kiss of death that is Best New Artist. If Legend hadn't linked up with Kanye West or any other connected industry figure, he'd probably be well into a string of independent albums and would likely have a fanatical cult following through persistent touring. It doesn't take much exposure to his songs to sense this alternate scenario. No one can deny that Legend has had considerable help from his collaborators, and he continues to get that support...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Get Lifted netted John Legend a major hit "Ordinary People" that will be heard on adult contemporary stations and throwback-oriented programs as long as they exist, platinum status, and three Grammy titles -- including the potential kiss of death that is Best New Artist. If Legend hadn't linked up with Kanye West or any other connected industry figure, he'd probably be well into a string of independent albums and would likely have a fanatical cult following through persistent touring. It doesn't take much exposure to his songs to sense this alternate scenario. No one can deny that Legend has had considerable help from his collaborators, and he continues to get that support this time out -- there's West, will.i.am, Sa-Ra, Raphael Saadiq, Plant Life's Jack Splash, and a massive crew of session musicians, but it's already evident that Legend only needs a piano to get by. Even with its many producers, Once Again is much more focused than Get Lifted, and the quality of its songs is equally high. Legend's obviously doing everything in his power to not fall off. He pours so much of himself into each one of these songs, whether they're about flings with groupies or breakups with long-term girlfriends, that the album can begin to wear around the eighth track. The songs flit back and forth between easygoing, butterflies-of-love-type sentiments and deep drama, with both sides expressed through similar levels of intensity. As much as anyone else, Legend would benefit from the recent and generally welcomed return of the 40-minute R&B album. If the album is missing something, it's a snappy, unapologetically swaggering track in the vein of Get Lifted's "Used to Love U," or perhaps a song or two that doesn't seem intent on displaying impressive musicality, but there are enough undeniably bright spots to please those who have already been won over. While Once Again might not get as much attention as its predecessor, it's more assured and sounds nothing like an experiment to see what sticks. Legend now knows exactly where he fits, and he's not holding back in the least.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886919838220
  • Catalog Number: 198382
  • Sales rank: 2,264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save Room (3:55)
  2. 2 Heaven (3:34)
  3. 3 Stereo (4:09)
  4. 4 Show Me (4:58)
  5. 5 Each Day Gets Better (3:47)
  6. 6 P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care) (4:38)
  7. 7 Slow Dance (4:43)
  8. 8 Again (5:01)
  9. 9 Maxine (4:26)
  10. 10 Where Did My Baby Go (5:03)
  11. 11 Maxine's Interlude (1:50)
  12. 12 Another Again (4:01)
  13. 13 Coming Home (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Legend Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Torn Guitar
Steve Williamson Clarinet
Art Baron Trombone
Doyle Bramhall Guitar
Chris Bruce Guitar
Karen Dreyfus Viola
Larry Eagle Drums
Ron Fair Piano
Earl Harvin Drums
Eric Hudson Bass, Piano
Jeanne LeBlanc Celli
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Sandra Park Violin, Concert Master
David Piltch Bass
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Shelley Woodworth Oboe
Julie Landsman French Horn
Raphael Saadiq Bass, Guitar
Ken Lewis Sampling
Didi Gutman Keyboards
Helen Campo Alto Flute
Jerry Freeman Horn
will.i.am Bass, Piano, Drums
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Sharon Yamada Violin
Sasha Allen Background Vocals
Elizabeth Dyson Cello, Celli
Lisa Kim Violin
Kebbi Williams Horn
Nick Cords Viola
Krystof Kuznik Violin
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Chris Rob Organ
Tom Craskey Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dave Tozer Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Mindy Kaufman Alto Flute
Steve Tirpak Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sharief Hobley Guitar
Katherine Fong Violin
Caterina Szepes Violin
Mateusz Wolski Violin
Corey Hogan Horn
Tara Michel Background Vocals
Jason Freeman Horn
Swiss Chris Flueck Drums
Bobby Ozuna Drums
Vaughn Anthony Background Vocals
Evan Conquest Guitar
Candice Anderson Background Vocals
Sarah O'Boyle Violin
Soohyun Kwon Violin
Steve Bruner Electric Bass
Jessyca Wilson Background Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Rob Bacon Guitar
Keith Harris Keyboards
Richard Owens Horn
Jenaee Dixon Horn
Mark Biondi Drums
Andrea Fisher Flute
Wen Quin Violin
Karesha Crawford Horn
George Pajon Jr. Guitar
Diva Goodfriend Alto Flute
Kuan Lu Violin
Technical Credits
Stephen Barber String Arrangements
Milton Bland Composer
Alexandra Brown Composer
Michael Harmon Engineer
Eric Hudson Composer, Producer
Tony Maserati Engineer
George Patterson Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Craig Street Producer
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer
Ken Lewis Producer, Engineer
Ray Lewis Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Andrew Dawson Engineer
S. "Husky" Hoskulds Engineer
Chris Woehrle Logo Design
Om'Mas Keith Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Kawan "KP" Prather Composer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Tatsuya Sato Engineer
Jake & the Phatman Producer
Shafiq Husayn Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
John Stephens Composer
Tom Craskey Composer, Producer
Dave Tozer Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Héctor Castillo Engineer
Dan Ichimoto Art Direction
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Daniele Luppi Arranger, String Arrangements
John Legend Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Glenn Standridge Engineer
Sa-Ra Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Vaughn Stephens Composer
Taz Arnold Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Josh Sadlier-Brown Engineer
Jack Splash Producer, drum programming
Chuck Brungardt Engineer
Devo Springsteen Producer
Evan Conquest Engineer
Veronique Zanettin Prop Design
Estelle Swaray Composer
Anthony "Rocky" Gallo Engineer
Cooper Anderson Engineer
Jessyca Wilson Composer
Rob Bacon Composer
James B. Cobb Jr. Composer
Herb Powers Jr. Mastering
Ruddy Buie Composer
William Adams Composer
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