Star staying true to his roots

Star staying true to his roots

Although John Legend didn't officially announce a hiatus, his last solo album came out in 2008, and he's released nothing since Wake Up!, his 2010 collaboration with The Roots. His poor fans. Two years in the making, Love in the Future sees him continue his partnership with producer Kanye West, to prove he still has the golden touch.

Lead single Who Do We Think We Are boasts a mix of soul and jazz, with Legend's strong, capable vocals triumphantly on show and rapper Rick Ross adding an urban vibe to the sophistication.

In Made to Love, Legend shares airtime with alt-pop singer Kimbra, the rising Kiwi star featured on Gotye's Grammy winner, Somebody That I Used to Know.

Love in the Future provides a rich diversity of musical genres, and of styles - from slow, heartfelt tracks like All of Me to more anthemic ones such as Who Do We Think We Are. Each is firmly rooted, though, in hip hop, soul, and R&B - genres the singer calls home. Get over your grudge. This album was worth the wait.

YP Rating: 4/5

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