Once Again

Once Again

by John LegendJohn Legend


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Get Lifted netted John Legend a major hit ("Ordinary People") that will be heard on adult contemporary stations and throwback-oriented programs as long as they exist, platinum status, and three Grammy titles -- including the potential kiss of death that is Best New Artist. If Legend hadn't linked up with Kanye West or any other connected industry figure, he'd probably be well into a string of independent albums and would likely have a fanatical cult following through persistent touring. It doesn't take much exposure to his songs to sense this alternate scenario. No one can deny that Legend has had considerable help from his collaborators, and he continues to get that support this time out -- there's West, will.i.am, Sa-Ra, Raphael Saadiq, Plant Life's Jack Splash, and a massive crew of session musicians, but it's already evident that Legend only needs a piano to get by. Even with its many producers, Once Again is much more focused than Get Lifted, and the quality of its songs is equally high. Legend's obviously doing everything in his power to not fall off. He pours so much of himself into each one of these songs, whether they're about flings with groupies or breakups with long-term girlfriends, that the album can begin to wear around the eighth track. The songs flit back and forth between easygoing, butterflies-of-love-type sentiments and deep drama, with both sides expressed through similar levels of intensity. As much as anyone else, Legend would benefit from the recent (and generally welcomed) return of the 40-minute R&B album. If the album is missing something, it's a snappy, unapologetically swaggering track in the vein of Get Lifted's "Used to Love U," or perhaps a song or two that doesn't seem intent on displaying impressive musicality, but there are enough undeniably bright spots to please those who have already been won over. While Once Again might not get as much attention as its predecessor, it's more assured and sounds nothing like an experiment to see what sticks. Legend now knows exactly where he fits, and he's not holding back in the least.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2006
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919838220
catalogNumber: 198382
Rank: 4257

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   Bass,Piano
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Harvey Mason   Drums
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Sandra Park   Violin,Concert Master
David Piltch   Bass
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Shelley Woodworth   Oboe
Julie Landsman   French Horn
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Ken Lewis   Sampling
Didi Gutman   Keyboards
Helen Campo   Alto Flute
Jerry Freeman   Horn
will.i.am   Bass,Piano,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
Chris Rob   Organ
Tom Craskey   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Dave Tozer   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Mindy Kaufman   Alto Flute
Steve Tirpak   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sharief Hobley   Guitar
Katherine Fong   Violin
Stephen Bruner   Electric Bass
Sarah OBoyle   Violin
Caterina Szepes   Violin
Mateusz Wolski   Violin
Corey Hogan   Horn
Tara Michel   Background Vocals
Jason Freeman   Horn
Swiss Chris Flueck   Drums
Bobby Ozuna   Drums
Vaughn Anthony   Background Vocals
Evan Conquest   Guitar
Candice Anderson   Background Vocals
Soohyun Kwon   Violin
Jessyca Wilson   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Rob Bacon   Guitar
Keith Harris   Keyboards
Richard Owens   Horn
Jenaee Dixon   Horn
Mark Biondi   Drums
Andrea Fisher   Flute
Wen Quin   Violin
Karesha Crawford   Horn
George Pajon   Guitar
Diva Goodfriend   Alto Flute
Kuan Lu   Violin

Technical Credits

Stephen Barber   String Arrangements
Milton Bland   Composer
Alexandra Brown   Composer
Michael Harmon   Engineer
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
George Patterson   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Craig Street   Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Ken Lewis   Producer,Engineer
Ray Lewis   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Chris Woehrle   Logo Design
Om'Mas Keith   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Kawan "KP" Prather   Composer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Jake & the Phatman   Producer
Shafiq Husayn   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
John Stephens   Composer
Tom Craskey   Composer,Producer
Dave Tozer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Héctor Castillo   Engineer
Dan Ichimoto   Art Direction
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Daniele Luppi   Arranger,String Arrangements
John Legend   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Glenn Standridge   Engineer
Sa-Ra   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Vaughn Stephens   Composer
Taz Arnold   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Josh Sadlier-Brown   Engineer
Jack Splash   Producer,drum programming
Chuck Brungardt   Engineer
Devo Springsteen   Producer
Evan Conquest   Engineer
Veronique Zanettin   Prop Design
Estelle Swaray   Composer
Anthony "Rocky" Gallo   Engineer
Cooper Anderson   Engineer
Jessyca Wilson   Composer
Rob Bacon   Composer
James B. Cobb   Composer
Ruddy Buie   Composer
William Adams   Composer

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