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. Known for his skills on the keys and a voice that retains a lovely purity, even in falsetto territory, Legend does indeed evolve with this record.
  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. Evolver delivers what it promises: A singer, songwriter and musician pushing himself to grow. This is a good first step.
  5. 60
    This is a good album, but there's a pull between the commercial and the more left-field. [Dec 2008, p.104]
  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 he sings about love. Expand