Evolver - John Legend
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Grammy-winning artist features Andre 3000, Brandy, Estelle and Kanye West as guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. The makeover works for the most part--even if there's something a little absurd about hearing him proposition a platonic friend ('Cross the Line') or someone he's met moments before ('Quickly') in that barbershop-quartet croon.
  2. This album, like everything else Legend has done, showcases his skill as an artist, but it lacks the passion that would help him reach the Stevie Wonder status he strives for.
  3. Evolver is still grown-man party music though, and it should go a long way toward preserving his urban-boho reputation while breaking free of any NPR&B stasis in his songwriting.
  4. As the title suggests, Legend is a work-in-progress, and this stage in his evolution is worth hearing.
  5. For a change, Legend doesn't constantly sound as though he's trying to impress the VH1 cognoscenti with his impeccable musicality. Sure, that's to say it's occasionally dumb, but oh so approachable.
  6. 60
    Though he's unlikely to encounter much trouble selling these romantic conceits to his female-heavy fan base, some of the scenarios on John Legend's third studio album could be fresher
  7. On his third full-length, the charisma that launched Legend’s career fails to grease the gears of a scattered and lethargic song cycle, one where he shuffles through various shades of adult contemporary and is repeatedly upstaged by high-profile guest appearances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Phil
    Apr 25, 2009
    10
    Great vocals, that's why I give JL a 10. Can you sing like this? He is up there with Phillip Baily and Maynard J. K.
  2. ChrisB
    Oct 31, 2008
    10
    Great album!
  3. EnzoP
    Oct 31, 2008
    7
    Great vocal performances, good productions, but some lyrics do not sound so interesting if sang by a 30 year-old man: John's better when Great vocal performances, good productions, but some lyrics do not sound so interesting if sang by a 30 year-old man: John's better when he sings about love. Expand