Monday, March 07, 2005
If you take on a stage name like "Legend", you'd better have the goods to back it up (or otherwise be prepared to take a lot of well-deserved ridicule for your hubris.) John Legend (aka John Stephens) has the goods... for the most part.
Legend doesn't have the most distinctive of voices but it's quite nice and he uses it well on this collection of "neo-soul". Executive producer Kanye West and Snoop Dogg make notable appearances on a couple of tracks but the focus is squarely on Legend and he revels in it.
It's a solid, soulful effort and I'm looking forward to what Mr. Legend will come up with in the future.