John Legend – DARKNESS AND LIGHT
If you let John Legend tell it, there are two sides of his personality that people experience at different times. With his fifth studio album DARKNESS AND LIGHT the singer-songwriter has seamlessly blended both into a full project for the first time in his career. Inspired by the iconic Marvin Gaye album What’s Going On, which carried seductive vibes along with a political weight, Legend re-imagined his sound, along with producer Blake Mills, to a sonically vast project that tows the line of edgy pop-soul and powerful modern blues.
“They say, ‘Sing what you know’ / But I’ve sung what they want,” Legend declares on the opening song. “Some folks do what they’re told / But, baby, this time I won’t.” It’s a coming out or coming into focus project for the crooner, and as cliché as it sounds, his light is blindingly bright. –Jamie Wexler