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Bigger Love

John Legend

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John Legend albums aren’t quite as eagerly-awaited as they were ten or fifteen years ago. That’s perhaps what’s driven him to try mixing genres. With Bigger Love, his seventh album, he tries fusing trap and soul on Ooh Laa, then ostensibly covers the famous intro to Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode on Actions. In fact, right from the start of this new project, it’s clear that he’s not trying to create something new. This is both the strength and weakness of Bigger Love. The artists that inspire him are already a little outdated; he sounds like Drake on the eponymous track, for example. He’s trying to be modern, but his awkwardness suggests an endearing sincerity, almost as if he’s unable to change. The problem is that even though this gives us brilliant tracks such as Remember Us, a duet with Rapsody, or the soulful Slow Cooker, we’re also served up some overly-sentimental ballads. Conversation in the Dark and Never Break should perhaps be avoided, though they don’t reflect the colourful spectrum of this album packed with contrasts. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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1
Ooh Laa
00:02:59

AL DUBIN, Composer, Lyricist - Harry Warren, Composer, Lyricist - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Danny Johnson, Assistant Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Oak, Producer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocal - Alex Niceforo, Composer, Lyricist - Alex Nice, Co-Producer, Background Vocal - Keith Sorrells, Composer, Lyricist - Trey Campbell, Composer, Lyricist - Warren Okay Felder, Composer, Lyricist - Keith "Ten4" Sorrells, Assistant Engineer, Co-Producer, Background Vocal - Theo Wayland, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Actions
00:02:54

David Axelrod, Composer, Lyricist - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Danny Johnson, Assistant Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Oak, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Drum Machine, Background Vocal - Alex Niceforo, Composer, Lyricist - Coleridge Tillman, Composer, Lyricist - Alex Nice, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Background Vocal - Keith Sorrells, Composer, Lyricist - Cautious Clay, Composer, Lyricist, Co-Producer, Programmer, Bass, Background Vocal - Jamelle Adisa, Horn - Warren Okay Felder, Composer, Lyricist - Keith "Ten4" Sorrells, Co-Producer, Drum Machine, Background Vocal - Theo Wayland, Assistant Engineer - Sean Massih, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
I Do
00:02:47

Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Guitar, Co-Producer, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Scott Tixier, Violin - Charlie Puth, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Tim McClain, Recording Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Nicole Ranalli, Assistant Engineer - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - Garrison Brown, Drums - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
One Life
00:03:14

Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Keyboards, Piano, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer, Bass - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Jeff Gitelman, Composer, Lyricist - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Scott Tixier, Violin - Anderson .Paak, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Strings, Bass - Cautious Clay, Composer, Lyricist - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Nicole Ranalli, Assistant Engineer - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Jhair "JHA" Lazo, Recording Engineer - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Wild
00:03:16

Ben Kohn, Composer, Lyricist, Bass, Background Vocal - Tom Barnes, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Programmer - Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Bass Guitar, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Gary Clark Jr., MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Kelleher, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Background Vocal - TMS, Producer, Recording Engineer - Sam Roman, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Gary Clark, Jr., Guitar - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Jake Torrey, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Background Vocal - Theo Wayland, Assistant Engineer - Garrison Brown, Drums - John Legend & Gary Clark Jr., AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Bigger Love
00:02:50

Ryan Tedder, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Di Genius, Producer, Guitar, Programmer - Rich Rich, Recording Engineer - Gerry "The Gov." Brown, Mixing Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Cautious Clay, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Saxophone, Background Vocal - Zach Skelton, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Jhair "JHA" Lazo, Recording Engineer - Natalie Imani, Vocal

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
U Move, I Move
00:03:43

Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Jonas W. Karlsson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Jhené Aiko, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Scott Tixier, Violin - Mike Waters, Composer, Lyricist - Gregg Rominiecki, Recording Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Trey Campbell, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer - John Legend feat. Jhené Aiko, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Favorite Place
00:02:48

Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Oak, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer - Digi, Producer - Julia Michaels, Composer, Lyricist - Jamil Chammas, Composer, Lyricist - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Scott Tixier, Violin - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi, Violin - Keith "Ten4" Sorrells, Assistant Engineer - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - John Blanda, Misc. Prod. - Johan Lenox, Composer, Lyricist, Misc. Prod. - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Slow Cooker
00:04:22

Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Guitar, Co-Producer, Executive Producer, Bass - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Erick Walls, Guitar - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Organ - Toulouse, AssociatedPerformer - Elias Näslin, Composer, Lyricist - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Trey Campbell, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Lias, Producer - Toluwanimi Adeyemo, Composer, Lyricist - Nicole Ranalli, Assistant Engineer - Jamelle Adisa, Horn - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal - Garrison Brown, Drums - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer - LIAS (Elias Näslin), Recording Engineer, Other

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Focused
00:03:02

Wayne Hector, Composer, Lyricist - Teddy Geiger, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Keyboards, Misc. Prod. - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Eric Frederic, Composer, Lyricist - Ricky Reed, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Ethan Shumaker, Recording Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Engineer - Shaina Evoniuk, Strings - Nate Mercereau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, French Horn, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Strings, Bass - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Conversations in the Dark
00:03:55

Gregg Wattenberg, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Bass, Background Vocal - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Mia Wattenberg, Background Vocal - Kellen Pomeranz, Composer, Lyricist - POM POM, Producer, Programmer, Bass, Background Vocal - Chance Peña, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Leo Bescotti, Recording Engineer - Jesse Fink, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Matt Becks, Mixing Engineer - Danae Greenfield, Piano - Benzi Edelson, Piano

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Don't Walk Away
00:03:40

Stephen McGregor, Composer, Lyricist - Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Di Genius, Producer - Koffee, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Kirby Lauryen, Composer, Lyricist - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Mikayla Victoria Simpson, Composer, Lyricist - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer - John Legend feat. Koffee, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Remember Us
00:04:51

Eric Hudson, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Other - Al Jackson, Jr., Composer, Lyricist - Curtis Hudson, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar - WILLIE MITCHELL, Composer, Lyricist - Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - Al Green, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Rapsody, Rap, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Peter Lee Johnson, Strings - Scott Tixier, Violin - Scott Mayo, Flute, Horn - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Trey Campbell, Composer, Lyricist - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Jamelle Adisa, Horn, Trumpet, Fluegelhorn - Marlanna Evans, Composer, Lyricist - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer - John Legend & Rapsody, AssociatedPerformer - Danny 'Ezra' Murdock, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Misc. Prod.

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
I'm Ready
00:03:51

Darhyl Camper, Jr., Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Camper, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Scott Tixier, Violin - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Tayla Parx, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Nicole Ranalli, Assistant Engineer - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Dmitry Gorodetsky, Bass - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer - John Legend feat. Camper, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Always
00:03:26

Darhyl Camper, Jr., Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Bobby Campbell, Mixing Engineer - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - Ester Dean, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Piano, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Ayana George, Background Vocal - Gerry "The Gov" Brown, Mixing Engineer - Matt Jones, Strings - Tahirah Whittington, Cello - Scott Tixier, Violin - Keri Lee, Background Vocal - Tim McClain, Recording Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Stephanie Matthews, Violin - Drew Forde, Viola - Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, Violin - Matt Jones Orchestra, Orchestra - Natalie Imani, Background Vocal - Caitlin Edwards, Violin - Justus West, Misc. Prod. - Garrison Brown, Drums - Justus Alexander West, Composer, Lyricist - Kyle Metcalfe, Assistant Engineer - Branden Rowell, Misc. Prod.

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Never Break
00:04:13

Greg Wells, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Organ, Piano, Mixing Engineer - Nasri Atweh, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - John Stephens, Composer, Lyricist - John Legend, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Raphael Saadiq, Executive Producer - Mike Bozzi, Mastering Engineer - Benjamin Rice, Vocal Producer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Marshall, Assistant Engineer - Richard Biethan, Recording Engineer - Benjamin 'Mr Hudson' McIldowie, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Programmer, Strings

(P) 2020 John Legend Music, Inc. and Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

John Legend albums aren’t quite as eagerly-awaited as they were ten or fifteen years ago. That’s perhaps what’s driven him to try mixing genres. With Bigger Love, his seventh album, he tries fusing trap and soul on Ooh Laa, then ostensibly covers the famous intro to Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode on Actions. In fact, right from the start of this new project, it’s clear that he’s not trying to create something new. This is both the strength and weakness of Bigger Love. The artists that inspire him are already a little outdated; he sounds like Drake on the eponymous track, for example. He’s trying to be modern, but his awkwardness suggests an endearing sincerity, almost as if he’s unable to change. The problem is that even though this gives us brilliant tracks such as Remember Us, a duet with Rapsody, or the soulful Slow Cooker, we’re also served up some overly-sentimental ballads. Conversation in the Dark and Never Break should perhaps be avoided, though they don’t reflect the colourful spectrum of this album packed with contrasts. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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