Record Of The Month - John Legend 'darkness & Light'

Issue 19

Hot on the heels of his spellbinding performance at the MetroRadio Arena in December, the pop superstar’s 5th studio album simply had to feature as our record of the month. Overseen by Alabama Shakes’ producer Blake Mills, Darkness & Light features 12 new tracks including the singles ‘Love Me Now’, ‘I Know Better’ and ‘Penthouse Floor’, the latter of which features a notable guest turn from Chance The Rapper. Lyrically he veers between the romantic and the polemic whilst other collaborations feature tracks with fellow R&B artist Miguel and the Shakes’ lead vocalist Brittany Howard. Unlike 2013’s Love in the Future which was known for a few syrupy moments in places, this album features a series of icy, experimental soundscapes and textures which marks something of a change in direction for Legend. An ordinary person maybe but an extraordinary set of songs.

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