Love in the Future

Love in the Future

by John LegendJohn Legend
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This is John Legend's first solo studio album since 2008's Evolver. Between the two releases, he recorded the Grammy-winning Wake Up! with the Roots, scored a gold single with "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" (from the Think Like a Man soundtrack), was featured on a couple albums' worth of songs by other artists, and somehow managed to be deeply involved in philanthropy. He also got engaged. Although he proposed to model Chrissy Teigen five years after meeting her, much of Love in the Future seems drawn from a romance that was quicker to bloom. "The Beginning…" sets a tone of urgency with a scene from the day after their first night spent together. Legend sings with certitude, "Pick some names, boy or girl/Then we'll change, change the world." That sense of blissful urgency -- of seizing the moment, getting lost, and knowing that the future is set -- is belied in the pacing. Even the album's standard 16-track edition meanders at a crawling pace. It's broken up by the occasional soaring arrangement or some hypnotically clanking/pinging percussion, as heard on highlight "Made to Love," which resembles a latter-day Moby collaboration with distant handclapping, spooky background vocals, and a sample from Lil Louis' noisy house classic "Video Clash." This is a heavy, laboriously made set of songs. The list of producers alone includes Hit-Boy, Bink, 88 Keys, the Runners, Doc McKinney, Q-Tip, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Kanye West, and Dave Tozer pile on as co-producers and co-executive producers. Perhaps they ensured that the whole album would have its dramatic, slightly eerie tone; even the covers of Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes" and Anita Baker's "Angel" are a little uneasy. That level of sonic indulgence seems like it should be incompatible with an artist who is, essentially, a piano man, but Love in the Future is among Legend's best work, made for couples who are into one another for the long term while feeling a little daring and crazy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887254399421
catalogNumber: 543994
Rank: 382

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Legend   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Dean   Guitar
Q-Tip   Drums,Keyboards
Twilite Tone   Sampling
Richard Brice   Viola
Chris Sholar   Guitar
Wolfram Koessel   Cello
Dave Tozer   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Steve Tirpak   Trombone,Trumpet,Bass Trumpet
Jason Agel   Hand Clapping
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Rob Moose   Violin
Rick Ross   Vocals
Andrew Horowitz   Piano,Keyboards
Louis Cato   Bass
DJ Spider   Turntables
Brandee Younger   Harp
Malay   Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Vecchio   Hand Clapping
Jon Epcar   Drums
Stacy Barthe   Vocals
Nana Kwabena   Sampling
Philip Payton   Violin
Annaliesa Place   Violin
Cyrus Beroukhim   Violin
Mae Barizo   Violin
Kiku Enomoto   Violin
Orlando Wells   Viola
Jessyca Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Angry   Keyboards
Mark Williams   Keyboards
Mark Williams   Piano,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Danny Flam   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kimbra   Vocals
Aude Cardona   Vocals
Guordan Banks   Background Vocals
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Keyboards
Ashley Rodriquez   Background Vocals
Justin Baron   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Bobby Caldwell   Composer
Bruce Malament   Composer
Mike Dean   Engineer
Norman Harris   Composer
Marshall Jefferson   Composer
Lil' Louis   Composer
Don McKinney   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Patrick Moten   Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Q-Tip   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Twilite Tone   Producer,Additional Production
Allan Rich   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Ken Lewis   Additional Production
John Rivers   Engineer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Charles Njapa   Composer
Martin McKinney   Composer
Sandra Sully   Composer
Blair Wells   Engineer
Joseph Broussard   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Carol Washington   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Roosevelt Harrell   Composer
88-Keys   Producer
Bink   Producer
John Stephens   Composer
Dave Tozer   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Additional Production
Boogz   Programming,Additional Production
Jason Mott   Engineer
Brent Kolatalo   Engineer
Steve Tirpak   String Arrangements
John Legend   Producer,Executive Producer
Jason Agel   Engineer
Toby Gad   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Sara Bareilles   Composer
Andrew Horowitz   Composer,Programming,String Arrangements
Jon David Anderson   Composer,Producer
Ingrid Michaelson   Composer
Kyle Ross   Engineer
Runners   Producer
Ralph Williams   Composer
Hit Boy   Producer
Malay   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Nana Kwabena   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Additional Production
Marcos Palacios   Composer
Jessyca Wilson   Composer
William Roberts   Composer
Ernest Clark   Composer
Mark Williams   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Mark Williams   Programming
Matthew Williams   Art Direction
Virgil Abloh   Art Direction
Joe Jonas   Composer
Jacob Dennis   Engineer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Guordan Banks   Composer
Eddie Blackmon   Executive Producer
Kimbra Johnson   Composer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Anthony Khan   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
James Ryan Ho   Composer
Andrew Hurr   Composer
David L. Anderson   Producer
Justin Baron   Composer
Kevin Cosson   Composer

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