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Once Again
     

Once Again

4.3 13
by John Legend
 

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Aside from his gravely pipes and genteel piano playing, John Legend's sophomore record has little in common with his Grammy-winning debut, Get Lifted. Surprisingly experimental, Once Again finds Legend dabbling in psychedelic rock ("Show Me") and Burt Bacharach-reminiscent pop ("Where Did My Baby Go"). Although his ambition

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Aside from his gravely pipes and genteel piano playing, John Legend's sophomore record has little in common with his Grammy-winning debut, Get Lifted. Surprisingly experimental, Once Again finds Legend dabbling in psychedelic rock ("Show Me") and Burt Bacharach-reminiscent pop ("Where Did My Baby Go"). Although his ambition should be applauded, the best cuts find Legend's off-kilter vocals anchored by his sparse ivory tickling, as on the dramatic "Again," or by pitch-perfect background vocals and heartier rhythms as on the vintage soul slice "Another Again." Several Motown-styled tracks produced by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am -- "Each Day Gets Better," "Save Room," and "Slow Dance" -- are also well suited to Legend's classic soul leanings. His freak flag, however, doesn't wave high enough to pull off the naughty boast of "P.D.A.": "I don't care about propriety / Let's break the rules / Forget society." After all, Legend's no bad boy. He's a throwback to clean-cut crooners like Smokey Robinson, and Once Again, that's what makes this engaging singer-songwriter a legend in the making.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jonathan Ringen
1/2 [Once Again] blends lush, elegant band arrangements with stylish synth parts and cool samples.
Billboard - Clover Hope
[Legend] makes room for his adulterous guilty pleasures ("Again") alongside whistle-worthy numbers ("Maxine") and '70s-style grooves ("Slow Dance") that ooze sophisticated charm.
Los Angeles Times - Ann Powers
1/2 Legend pinpoints where soul's vulnerability meets hip-hop's self-sustaining bragadoccio -- where the lover and the fighter become one complex character. Exploring that juncture with elegance and passion on "Once Again," he moves through "neo-retro" soul's clichés to flesh out his own vision of love, loss and happiness.
San Francisco Chronicle - Lee Hildebrand
The Ohio-born crooner's simple, often lilting love songs seep so much sincerity, and his low-tenor tones radiate such warmth that he's almost certain to capture the broader pop audience he seems to be targeting.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0828768032329
catalogNumber:
5003183
Rank:
70470

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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   Piano,Bass Guitar
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Harvey Mason   Drums
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Sandra Park   Violin,Concert Master
David Piltch   Bass Guitar
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Shelley Woodworth   Oboe
Julie Landsman   French Horn
Raphael Saadiq   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Ken Lewis   Sampling
Didi Gutman   Keyboards
Helen Campo   Alto Flute
Jerry Freeman   Horn
will.i.am   Bass,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
Shafiq Husayn   Musician
Chris Rob   Organ
Tom Craskey   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Dave Tozer   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Richard L. Owens   Horn
Steve Tirpak   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sharief Hobley   Guitar
Katherine Fong   Violin
Robert Ozuna   Drums
Sarah OBoyle   Violin
Wen Qian   Violin
Caterina Szepes   Violin
Corey Hogan   Horn
Tara Michel   Background Vocals
Taz Arnold   Musician
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon   Guitar
Jason Freeman   Horn
Bobby Ozuna   Drums
Vaughn Anthony   Background Vocals
Mark Biobdi   Drums
Evan Conquest   Guitar
Kurn Lu   Violin
Sandra Parl   Violin,Concert Master
Diva Goodfriend-Koven   Alto Flute
Soohyun Kwon   Violin
Sa-Ra Creative Partners   Musician
Keith Harris   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Stephen Barber   String Arrangements
Buddy Buie   Composer
Michael Harmon   Engineer
Eric Hudson   Producer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
George Patterson   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
David Sonenberg   Management
Craig Street   Producer,Audio Production
Raphael Saadiq   Producer,Audio Production
Ken Lewis   Producer,Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Chris Woehrle   Logo Design
Anthony Gallo   Engineer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Seth Friedman   Management
Shafiq Husayn   Composer,Producer
Tom Craskey   Producer
Dave Tozer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Héctor Castillo   Engineer
Dan Ichimoto   Art Direction
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Daniele Luppi   Arranger
John Legend   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Glenn Standridge   Engineer
Ronald Stephens   grooming
Taz Arnold   Composer,Producer
Josh Sadlier-Brown   Engineer
Jack Splash   Producer,drum programming
Chuck Brungardt   Engineer
Devo Springsteen   Producer,Audio Production
Stephen Barbera   String Arrangements
Evan Conquest   Engineer
Quincy Jackson   Marketing
Shawnelle Prestidge   grooming
Chris Woehale   Logo Design
Veronique Zanettin   Prop Design
Sa-Ra Creative Partners   Producer,Engineer
William Adams   Composer

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